Subject: Re: terminfo?
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Ben Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/07/2003 10:30:40
In article <BA8D75F2.2FB1Demail@example.com> you write:
>What's the best way to deal with this? I've currently got a ~/.termcap file
>containing selected entries created from the ncurses terminfo.src using
>infotocap. This mostly works, but seems pretty cumbersome. It also doesn't
>work for some of the variants, including "nsterm-c-s-acs",the one I'd prefer
>(By "doesn't work", I mean that programs which use termcap give either
>"tgetent failure: No such file or directory", fail to initialize the
>terminal (possibly the same failure with a different error message), or dump
Dumping core just because you've got a termcap file they don't like is
wrong, and it might be an idea to file a PR against those programs that do
>What's the netbsd policy on termcap updates and/or terminfo support? Should
>the netbsd termcap file be brought up to date?
In theory, our termcap is derived from ESR's one, and
<http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/software/3rdparty/> doesn't indicate
that there should be any problem with importing new ones. No import has
actually happened since 1997, though, so it's likely to be a rather painful
>Do the historical length
>limits on termcap entries apply to the netbsd implementation?
I believe there's a somewhat evil hack to work around this limit. From
In order to extend the termcap string over 1023 bytes, a ZZ entry was
introduced to point to a memory location containing the full entry.
Ben Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Portmaster, NetBSD/acorn26 <URL:http://www.netbsd.org/Ports/acorn26/>