Subject: Re: pcvt and screen lengths
To: Rafal Boni <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: port-i386
Date: 12/12/1997 10:49:46
On Fri, 12 Dec 1997, Rafal Boni wrote:

> In message <>, you w
> rite: 
> -> I've had a long-standing problem with pcvt, which I've ignored until now.
> -> 
> -> Whenever I use vi (and occasionally more), only half the screen gets
> -> filled with text. For instance, when I vi a file, the top 16 lines are
> -> filled with text. If I type ^L, these 16 lines are re-drawn. If, however,
> -> I scroll down the page, the rest of the lines get filled in. Does anyone
> -> know why this would be happening?
> Check the baud rate [sic] that is assigned to the line in /etc/gettytab.
> This happened to me when I upgraded a machine and my /etc/ttys disagreed
> with /etc/gettytab.  Hence, it defautled to the a gettytab setting with
> speed set to 1200bps.  
> vi (and maybe other curses apps) used the low speed as an indicator to
> paints things differently, and hence the half-painted screen.


That was it.

Thank you, and also Tatoku Ogaito and Andreas Wrede, for pointing this

Take care,