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Re: misc/10127 (port i386 /etc/ttys says vt220 instead of wsvt25)

The following reply was made to PR misc/10127; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Manuel Bouyer <>
Subject: Re: misc/10127 (port i386 /etc/ttys says vt220 instead of wsvt25)
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 21:27:59 +0200

 On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 06:30:05PM +0000, Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc. wrote:
 >  > Synopsis: port i386 /etc/ttys says vt220 instead of wsvt25
 >  >
 >  > State-Changed-From-To: open->closed
 >  > State-Changed-By:
 >  > State-Changed-When: Tue, 13 May 2008 13:31:37 +0000
 >  > State-Changed-Why:
 >  > Changing it to wsvt25 is a bad idea because that's a very local  
 >  > termcap entry.
 >  > vt220 is well known. vt100 would be even better, but...
 >  That makes little or no sense whatsoever.
 >  If someone is using the console with any curses application then they  
 >  need the proper and best possible termcap definition for it.
 >  If that same someone then remotely connects to another system from  
 >  their console session then they can at that time either choose to use  
 >  the best possible matching termcap definition provided on the remote  
 >  system for the curses applications run on that remote system, or  
 >  better yet they can export $TERMCAP from their console session to the  
 >  remote system.
 >  Handicapping _all_ console users by default just to support those few  
 >  who are not doing things correctly when they connect to a remote  
 >  system from their console session is just not a good idea.
 I don't know much peoples who would think about changing $TERM
 when connecting to a non-NetBSD box from a NetBSD console. I think using
 vt220 by default is fine (and AFAIK curses applications are perfectly happy
 with vt220 on a NetBSD console ...)
 Manuel Bouyer <>
      NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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