[pacman-dev] [PATCH 1/3] makepkg: fallback to legacy termcap capabilities

Nezmer git at nezmer.info
Thu Oct 14 13:39:01 EDT 2010

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Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 20:34:15 +0300
From: Nezmer <git at nezmer.info>
To: Andres Perera <andres.p at zoho.com>
Subject: Re: [pacman-dev] [PATCH 1/3] makepkg: fallback to legacy termcap
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:47:02PM -0430, Andres Perera wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:41 PM, Nezmer <git at nezmer.info> wrote:
> > If you're running FreeBSD. The default $TERM in ttyv<int> is cons25(1) and
> > it can handle the colours just fine. So I don't know how the hard-coded
> > list is relevant.
> >
> > (1) I heard this vintage default will change soon.
> There's really no stopping at that point; the default terminal in OpenBSD is
> "vt220" and it can handle colors, so can Linux's "linux" terminal.
> So it's screwing some terminals up vs. replicating ncurses in Bash -- since
> that's exactly what ncurses does, it looks at the TERM string and compares it
> to a list. Once this "vintage" changes, I guess makepkg is supposed to be
> updated, if the second option is any good.
> Are you proposing that it should check for all these terminals or just grant
> these bonuses to those who link against terminfo?

First of all, Don't assume I know what I'm talking about. If I say
something stupid, please correct me.

Currently, makepkg with colours work just fine in FreeBSD's default
cons25 term. The patch will assume cons25 can't handle colours and will
disable them, right?

So, from a user prospective. This does not improve the experience in

Feel free to shout at my stupidity.

* PS: xterm is the new default in 9-CURRENT. Hopefully It will make it
to STABLE soon If It didn't already.

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