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Re: abort in TERM=xterm-color

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: abort in TERM=xterm-color
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 12:40:02 +0300

> From: Harry Putnam <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 13:34:45 -0700
> >> After starting emacs, typing M-x list-colors-display will invoke a full
> >> abort (Fatal error (6). Abort (core dumped)
> >
> > I think this is the problem described in etc/PROBLEMS under "Emacs
> > aborts inside the function `tparam1'".
> Eli, You've mentioned elswhere how emacs will fall back on its own
> tparm that doesn't support openbsd termcap entries.  I wonder if there
> is a readson that particular tparm is used as against a more recent
> one that does support those termcap entries.

The offending termcap entry uses features that are outside the termcap
spec (these features were borrowed from terminfo, which is a much more
versatile and complex facility).  Adding support for those features to
GNU termcap is a lot of work, so when this problem was first reported,
the decision was not to invest all that work, and instead tell users
to upgrade their curses library.

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