Subject: install/21417: 1.6.1 install floppy termcap, terminal selection is deficient.
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Date: 05/01/2003 18:55:18
>Synopsis: 1.6.1 install floppy termcap, terminal selection is deficient.
>Arrival-Date: Thu May 01 18:56:00 UTC 2003
>Originator: Chris Demetriou
>Release: 1.6.1 boot-com*.fs floppies on i386.
(1) the default selection for the terminal type, when using the
boot-com*.fs floppies, is wsvt25.
It seems very unlikely that people doing an install via
serial console will be doing it from a console terminal port
on another NetBSD system. More likely? xterm.
Ideally, the user should be prompted. (obviously, for the
non-serial boot blocks, the existing default is OK.)
(2) there is no xterm termcap entry at all, in the i386 boot
floppies' termcap file. given that that's a likely terminal
for people to use, it would be good to support it. Failing
that, a 'compatible' termcap entry should be provided (the
existing vt100 entry is in fact probably OK), but should have
an xterm alias.
(3) it might be nice for sysinst to automatically determine the size
of xterm-ish terminals.
trying doing a NetBSD/i386 1.6.1 install via a serial console,
when accessing the serial console via an xterm (normal-sized,
note that e.g. screen redraws are screwed up, because the default
terminal type includes a larger screen than normal-sized xterm.
try to set the obvious default. lose.