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Re: Two little features (and a bounty?)

From: Micah Cowan
Subject: Re: Two little features (and a bounty?)
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 16:43:24 -0700
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Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Jul 2008, Tom Scogland wrote:
>> What do you mean about the mouse? It already sends mouse codes through
>> from a terminal...
> Using gnome-terminal under linux, to a FreeBSD 6.2 system.  Mouse works.
> I fire up screen (with screen 4.00.02 (FAU) 5-Dec-03 built from ports)
> and it doesn't in either Alpine or Nano, both of which otherwise support
> it.

Nano works for me, at least after I type M-m. It doesn't work outside of
screen unless I type M-m, either.

I don't have Alpine.

But as previously mentioned, the problem isn't that screen doesn't
support terminal mouse codes; the problem is that there is no mechanism
for screen to advertise to applications that it supports it, and so many
applications won't send the codes to request that support.

This is a terminfo issue, and I hope at some point to get together with
the ncurses folks and whoever else it might concern, to work towards
resolution of this problem, and some others. However, it's not going to
happen overnight, and every mouse-capable application will need to
adjust to that mechanism, once it exists.

I have been successfully using both Emacs and Vim under screen with
mouse support. Both required configuration adjustments to make it happen.

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Micah J. Cowan
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