Subject: Re: ncurses and terminfo are broken on Solaris/SunOS (Re: pkg/20881)
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <>
From: James K. Lowden <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/05/2003 00:32:13
On Fri, 4 Apr 2003 13:14:17 -0500 (EST), "Greg A. Woods" <>
> People really should learn to re-instantiate their sessions as necessary
> and not depend on something like "screen" to hold them in stasis.

Oh, pooh.  In the world outside the CRT, Newton's laws apply: a body at
rest tends to remain at rest unless an external force acts upon it.  I get
a book off the shelf, put it down to answer the phone, and it stays there
until I get back to it.  Sometimes that takes weeks.  I know this from
experience with dirty socks.  

Software should be no different.  Everytime I restart anything,
reinstantiate anything, resume anything, that I didn't stop and/or shut
down voluntarily, I'm coping with extra chaos introduced on the far side
of the keyboard.  That humans can adapt to such a poor emulation of
reality is a testament to their capabilities, but that in no way lessens
the central failure of the world within the computer to emulate the one