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Re: Why do we need a number of different terminal modes in Emacs?


From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: Why do we need a number of different terminal modes in Emacs?
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:37:48 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Andrey Lisin <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi everyone,
>
> could anyone explain me why do we need several of terminal
> implementations inside Emacs? Shell, eshell, term, ansi-term... And as
> far as I noticed they all suck one way or another. For example, shell
> cannot complete commands when you ssh to remote server inside it. Eshell
> tragically cannot do a very simple thing - source a bash script. Really,
> try to run `. some_script.sh' or `source some_script.sh' inside eshell.
>
> So, am I right and we need them all just because one solves restrictions
> of the others and others do the same thing for the one? Why then not
> just to write some standard terminal implementation, that will just
> works? Does it have something with cross-platform nature of Emacs? Or,
> maybe I'm doing something wrong and all this stuff makes sense? Thank
> you.

http://xkcd.com/927/

But if you feel like you'll be able to write one terminal to rule them
all, one terminal to find them, one terminal to bring them all and in
the darkness bind them, then go ahead!


-- 
__Pascal Bourguignon__                 http://www.informatimago.com/
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a
dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to
keep the man from touching the equipment.” -- Carl Bass CEO Autodesk


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