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Re: shift+up received as <select>, breaking Emacs 24 "shift select" (lik

From: Thomas E. Dickey
Subject: Re: shift+up received as <select>, breaking Emacs 24 "shift select" (like pc-select)
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 20:01:40 -0000
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On Apr 27, 12:20 pm, Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> wrote:
> > For what it's worth, <shift>+<up> is <select> in Emacs 23, too.
> Indeed, it's the case at least since Emacs-20.  Do the following:
>  a a a a a <shift>+<up> C-h l
> You'll see that the events received from the terminal were: a a a a
> a ESC [ 1 ; 2 A C-h l and hence Emacs translated ESC [ 1 ; 2 A to <select>.
> Now the question is why did Emacs translated ESC [ 1 ; 2 A to <select>
> rather than to S-<up>.  lisp/term/xterm.el says:
>     (define-key map "\e[1;2A" [S-up])
> so Emacs's own data seems correct.  But this data is overridden by the
> data provided by the terminfo database, so my guess is that the terminfo
> database is incorrect (and/or that the byte sequences sent by those
> terminal emulators for S-up and select are the same, so the database is
> not incorrect, but the result is still undesirable).

Third possibility overlooked: gnome-terminal uses a deprecated form of
the control sequences, so what it sends won't match what xterm does.

ncurses has a correct terminal description for "gnome", however it's
useful for two reasons:

(a) gnome-terminal sets $TERM to "xterm", and
(b) gnome-terminal's termcap-specific logic doesn't handle the
terminfo extensions such as this one.
vte's hackers have dithered about this for eight years without
releasing a workable solution.

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