Subject: Re: wscons termcap entry
To: None <>
From: Joerg Klemenz <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/04/2002 23:16:16
Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> NetBSD does not use the classical BSD curses.  It uses an updated curses
> library, developed by a couple of NetBSD developers, which has all the
> capabilities of a modern curses, an accompanying libform and libmenu, etc.

Now that makes sense.
But how is one supposed to know that? There is not a word in the man
pages about that.

I could not find anything on either...
Only an old argument from '99. Is that when it was decided to create
the NetBSD curses?

> We're generally quite happy of this every time there is a well-publicized
> ncurses bug.
> It also uses termcap, which is inherently extensible, while terminfo is
> not.  We got a lot of pushback from our Japanese user and developer base
> against terminfo, because terminfo would make it harder for them to add
> the types of terminal capabilities they want for internationalization
> support.

You are probably right but I still don't understand. What terminal
capabilities does one need for I18N support??
What does I18N has to do with termcap at all?

Could someone enlighten me why exactly the japanese want termcap?

I CC this message to you because your mail-followup-to said so. I hope
that is what you wish


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