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

Andres Perera andres.p at zoho.com
Thu Oct 14 18:44:34 EDT 2010

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 4:12 PM, Nezmer <git at nezmer.info> wrote:
> Let me ask a simple question:
> Is there a real-life example where this patch would be beneficial to me
> as user?
> Is there someone who would like to run the next version of pacman on
> a 10 or 15 year old term definition?
> cons25 is probably the worst $TERM that is actually used nowadays and
> It can handle colour escapes.
> I remember an Arch developer missing makepkg colours in his chroots with
> the latest pacman release. Failing back to colour escapes fixed that
> too.
> Is there a $TERM that can't handle colour escapes and It is actually
> used?

Well, yes. Chances are your terminal can output color with those escapes. So it
is not beneficial if you happen to be part of the (large) majority of users
that are you using modern terminals. You're right.

But the code, by admission, would be taking a condition for granted. I don't
think that's a good compromise, specially for the sake of eye candy.

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