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Re: Block cursor in a tty

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Block cursor in a tty
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 01:15:54 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

> Several people have complained on gnu.emacs.help that Emacs uses an ugly big
> block cursor in their terminal emulator even after they've configured their
> terminal emulator to use a more subdued cursor.
> It turns out that the reason for it is that Emacs uses the termcap "vs"
> command to make the cursor visible rather than "ve".  My manpages describe
> the two commands as follows:
>        cursor_normal                 cnorm      ve        make cursor appear
>                                                           normal (undo
>                                                           civis/cvvis)
>        [...]
>        cursor_visible                cvvis      vs        make cursor very
>                                                           visible
> Does anybody know why Emacs insists on using the big-block-cursor rather
> than using whatever the user has selected as default?

A possible rationale would be that commands like C-x o jump to a
possibly surprising position on the screen, and you would not want to
look too long for locating it.

Personally, I think we should tend to default to the normal cursor,
and maybe provide the visible cursor as an option for people who
really want it.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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