Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 185936
Selections not highlighted during install in console text mode RH4 U3
Last modified: 2014-12-01 18:08:23 EST
Description of problem:
When I make selections in during install they are not highlighted in anyway.
It is difficult to see what is selected. Hopefully I can attach screen shots
some of the different consoles (terminal emulators) I tried.
I wouldn't expect hpterm to work. It uses different
control sequences than VT100. Most terminal emulators,
including xterm, are VT100-compatible.
The installer doesn't highlight the selected item, but
it does position the cursor at the selection. In your
screenshots, the putty and xterm windows show the cursor
on the "OK" button.
Looking at a console log of the language selection screen,
which paints the last three menu options and positions
the cursor on the "E" of "English". "ESC[<row>;<col>H"
is the standard VT100 cursor positioning sequence (see
The Windows command window has the worst problem, because
you can't even see the cursor. Does it make any difference
if you change the cursor size (on the properties/options tab)?
I tried using a Windows command window, but couldn't get it
to work at all (arrow keys don't work, etc).
Agree that it would be better to highlight the entire
item, e.g., repaint "English" in reverse video when it
is selected. That's what the EFI Boot Manager, elilo,
and the SLES installer do.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This is easily reproduced when installing using the text mode installer. Even
on the first screen where language is to be specified, there is no easy way to
tell whether I've selected zimbabwe or french. This continues on almost every
screen throughout the install.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot installer and use the console or text mode
2. I recommend trying the windows cmd window as it is not functional
3. Tab around and hit space bar in the first window.
no highlited selections
Created attachment 126333 [details]
Screen shots of diff terminal emulators.
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