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Re: Request for inclusion of new xterm-kitty terminfo

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: Re: Request for inclusion of new xterm-kitty terminfo
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:28:00 -0400
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At 2018-09-10T09:32:44+0100, Nicholas Marriott wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 07:53:24AM +0530, Kovid Goyal wrote:
> > Sure I can dig up examples if needed, but this is a very common hack
> > used by many terminal emulators. For example, termite uses xterm-termite
> > gnome-terminal uses xterm-256color, konsole uses xterm-256color -- the
> > list goes on and on. The question is why is it a problem for ncurses in
> > the first place. Does xterm have some kind of most favored terminal
> > status that gives it permanent ownership over all xterm-* names. And
> > if so, IMO it is highly unfair. 
> The solution to applications making assumptions based on a terminfo
> entry's name rather than its capabilities is to fix those applications,
> not to add a redundant "xterm-" prefix for terminals which are not
> related to xterm.

Don't modern versions of ncurses have all sorts of building blocks to
help terminfo entry writers compose feature-based descriptions of new
terminal types?  It seems to me that Thomas has spent quite a bit of
effort not only making this possible, but in defining easily-digestible
chunks to be used thus.

A review of misc/terminfo.src in a remotely recent ncurses distribution
provides copious examples.

I welcome correction on this point.


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