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Bug 11643 - xterm ignores Xresources for 8bit I/O
xterm ignores Xresources for 8bit I/O
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xterm-color (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 2000-05-24 14:37 EDT by hajic
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-24 14:37:43 EDT
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Description hajic 2000-05-24 14:37:43 EDT
xterm would only do 8-bit input if LANG is set (which is *not* what
I want, since other programs do not like LANG being set, for various
reasons!), ignoring effectively
xterm*eightBitInput:    true
xterm*eightBitOutput:   true

-- Jan Hajic
Comment 1 Preston Brown 2000-07-14 14:42:15 EDT
without LANG being set, Xterm assumes 7 bit POSIX locale, which is correct
behaviour.  This is not a bug, despite you not liking the behaviour.
Comment 2 hajic 2000-07-14 14:52:36 EDT
OK guys, but we all know that ``correct'' is not always correct. So someone
should take care of this; either .Xresources should not pretend they are setting
8-bit clean behaviour, when they are not, or xterm should get a parameter (such
as sort recently got, which I like very much: it's called -l) which instructs
Xterm to consider LANG etc (without -l, Xterm would simply ignore any NLS
settings!). Otherwise, adding environment-dependend behaviour (not only for
xterm but in general for *any* programs!!) is killing backward-compatibility and
driving application folks crazy!!! No one taught you that ``side effects''
should be avoided?? (Which is exactly what envirinment variables do...)

Please forward to whoever is responsible for Xterm.

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