Subject: Re: wscons termcap entry
To: Joerg Klemenz <email@example.com>
From: Noriyuki Soda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/04/2002 18:24:28
>>>>> On Wed, 3 Jul 2002 22:44:45 +0200, Joerg Klemenz <email@example.com> said:
>> 1) terminfo is not extensible the way termcap is. with termcap, you can
>> add arbitrary capabilities. you cannot do this with terminfo.
> What capabilities you want to add that won't work with terminfo??
Please look at binary format of terminfo carefully.
Both termcap and source format of terminfo use "key=value" format,
so different vendors can add new capability independently, if their
key names don't conflict.
But binary format of terminfo doesn't have key field.
So, everytime one vendor add a new capability, that capability
conflicts with capabilities of all other vendors with that offset.
Such conflicts actually happened on commercial Unix vendors... ;-<