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Re: good Linux terminal emulator for screen?

From: Michael Parson
Subject: Re: good Linux terminal emulator for screen?
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2019 07:14:23 -0500
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On 2019-09-23 01:40, address@hidden wrote:
On 2019-09-22 19:01-0400, Alan D. Salewski wrote:
Good ol' xterm?

# apt-get -u install xterm

+1 for xterm. My .Xresources file has been following me around for

Something about xterm feels faster than the others, could be ttf fonts,
or other bells and whistles, I'm not sure.

I'm not sure if it's speed or something else... but xterm does just feel better than other terminal emulators. I use it over any of the DE provided terms (kterm, gnome-terminal, etc) on Linux, and when I've had to use macOS or Windows as my workstation for work, I installed X11 (XQuartx for Mac, cygwinx for Windows), so I could have a real xterm there too. You might have to tweak your .Xresources a bit, but xterm does have quite a few knobs that can be twiddled with to get the look & behavior you're looking for. My guess is that setting 'xterm*saveLines: 0' should accomplish your need for the terminal to not scroll back when selecting past the top of the window, instead you'd need to depend on screen's scroll-back buffer.

Since screen's selection for copying text is more powerful than the default X11 one, I often use screen to select the text I want top copy to something outside of screen, then use screen's function to write the buffer out to a file (C-a : >), then use 'xclip' to copy the contents of that file to the X11 clipboard with 'cat ~/tmp/buffer | xclip -i' (I configure screen to use a different 'bufferfile' to be something in my home directory instead of the default of /tmp/screen-exchange). I can then middle-click paste the text I originally selected in screen to some other X11 window. macOS has a similar command to xclip that will stuff your buffer file into the macOS clipboard, thought it's been long enough since using a Mac that this info has scrolled out of my wet-ware scrollback and would have to look it up again.

Michael Parson
Pflugerville, TX

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