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Re: The Chthulhoid horror that is keyboard handling in Unix
On Thu, 1 Apr 2010, Greg A. Woods wrote:
One thing I've been thinking about is whether one could write a "terminal"
for X that doesn't suck; something to replace the terminal emulators
Do you not see there's a major catch-22 there in your idea?
You mean talking to "non-adapted" programs? Yes, I see that.
The big hurdle as I see it is full screen applications; they would have to
be "ported", or written. Yeah, not so trivial. Perhaps one could start
with providing a curses interface and get some for free, or maybe not.
(Could that work?)
Regular (stdin/stdout, nothing more advanced control character-wise than,
say, carriage return and linefeed) programs and utilities wouldn't even
need to know anything has changed, although you would have to provide
character set conversion.
A shell would be needed. I think that if you have that and compatibility
with the standard utilities then that is already something worthwhile.
That, and a vi clone, and I could actually see someone using it without
being forced to.
Anyway, just brainstorming. A bit off topic here, but if anyone is
interested or wants to explain why it can't possibly work, I'd like to
hear more off-list.
If you totally escape the unix/posix mindset then you can achieve the
kind of thing you were describing.
Mmm. But then nobody in Unixland would be even remotely interested, and
the idea would be forgotten. (Back to the drawing board.)
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