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Mismatch with st terminfo files

From: Sebastian J. Bronner
Subject: Mismatch with st terminfo files
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 02:16:53 +0100

Hi ncurses maintainers,

I have read all archived conversations in this list about st and its
terminfo files. The issues seem to be repeating:

Using st 0.8.2 with TERM=st-256color and the terminfo database from
ncurses 6.1, I get problems with two applications in tmux:

* neovim: tmux crashes on nvim start
* w3m: keypresses aren't registered

I have written about that in more detail in
https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/plain/README.terminfo.rst?h=st .

When using the terminfo file supplied with st [1], all is well: vim causes
no crashes, and w3m gets its keystrokes.

I was wondering: What speaks against allowing the various packagers of
st (debian stterm) to provide the current terminfo files as part of
their package, rather than needing ncurses to continually sync the
terminfo files every time there is an update to st? Is it because you
want to be sure that ncurses has error-free terminfo files available to


[1] https://dl.suckless.org/st/st-0.8.2.tar.gz st-0.8.2/st.info

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