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Re: How to install rxvt-unicode-256color termcap entry on machine without X
At date and time Sat, 31 May 2014 15:53:46 +0100, Gerard Lally wrote:
> At date and time Sat, 31 May 2014 11:40:14 +0930, Brett Lymn wrote:
> > On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:42:04PM +0100, atomicules wrote:
> > > On 30-May-2014 14:31:11, Gerard Lally wrote:
> > > >I copied this terminfo source file to my home directory in NetBSD and
> > > >ran tic on it:
> > > >
> > > >tic -s rxvt-unicode-256color.terminfo.
> > > >
> > > >This created a .terminfo directory in HOME, and a subdirectory r with a
> > > >single file in r called rxvt-unicode-256color. No cdb extension in other
> > > >words.
> > >
> > > I'm stumped and confused. I don't understand how NetBSD could do that
> > > (not create a database file; a file with the .cdb extension).
> > > According to the man page for tic:
> > >
> > > >DESCRIPTION
> > > > The tic utility compiles terminfo(5) source into a database for use
> > > > by
> > > > other programs. The created database path name is the same as the
> > > > source
> > > > but with .cdb appended.
> > >
> > > The .terminfo directory and subdirecotry you describe is what I see on
> > > Arch
> > > Linux, but not NetBSD.
> > Make sure you run the right tic - if you have ncurses installed due to
> > some package dependency you may be accidentally running the ncurses tic
> > which will produce the wrong results, try using /usr/bin/tic and see
> > what happens. This catches me out from time to time.
> Well I finally found a way around it, although it feels like a kludge,
> but it's working now. There is only one tic by the way, in /usr/bin/tic.
> I'll give a summary in case someone else stumbles over this issue.
> Three machines:
> remote = remote NetBSD without X11 (and therefore without rxvt-unicode)
> local = local X11 client with rxvt-unicode terminal installed
> vm = temporary local NetBSD virtual machine with X11 and rxvt-unicode
> I installed NetBSD 6.1.4 with X11 on $vm, and installed rxvt-unicode on
> that machine. Running "make install" created three files in the
> doc/etc/ subdirectory of the working source directory. These three files
> I copied these files to $HOME on $remote, and logged in to $remote from
> $local. Once again I ran tic on $remote:
> $ tic -s rxvt-unicode.terminfo
> But once again this failed to create a file with extension .cdb,
> although it did report successfully adding 2 entries to the database,
> creating ~/.terminfo and ~/.terminfo/r/, together with the two files
> rxvt-unicode and rxvt-unicode-256color in ~/.terminfo/r/.
> Once again "top" reported an error: "no termcap entry for
> Now this is where I returned to the tic(1) and terminfo(5) man pages on
> $remote, but to my mind they are not clear here. terminfo(5) specifies
> the file $HOME/.terminfo.cdb as the database which contains terminal
> descriptions for personal use, but tic(1) doesn't seem to care, just
> saying that "the created database path name is the same as the source
> but with .cdb appended." I take that to mean "tic -s rxvt-unicode.terminfo"
> should produce a file named rxvt-unicode.terminfo.cdb in $HOME. Needless
> to say it doesn't.
> At this point I took terminfo(5) literally and created $HOME/.terminfo.cdb
> by renaming the rxvt-unicode.terminfo.cdb file I had copied from $vm.
> Lo and behold that solved the problem straight away! "top" was happy,
> although "tput" complained about an unknown terminal but I solved this
> by logging in as root and running "tic -s /home/gerard/rxvt-unicode.terminfo",
> which created these two files:
Correction: it created two files as follows:
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