Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 2639
Terminal emulation seems very broken in nxterm
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:50 EDT
Try any program which uses curses heavily and you see note
problems. Fro example, try this:
Try browsing through the man page a bit.. Go up and down.
You should see screen garbage immediately.
This may be a problem with ncurses... The nxterm can view curses
programs from earlier versions of redhat. (Ie: I can telnet to a
redhat 5.2 box and it will be able to display the program fine.
However, if I telnet to a different redhat 6.0 box, I see the same
problem as if it were local.)
*** Bug 2595 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
When other clients rlogin to a RedHat 6.0 system, the
xterm screen seems to have some problems. Try the
man ls --- whatever manpage
type spaces to reach the end of manpage
(you will see EOF at the end of screen)
Your display becomes black characters on white background.
------- Additional Comments From firstname.lastname@example.org 05/06/99 10:52 -------
what are they using to rlogin? xterm/rxvt/dtterm/etc?
------- Additional Comments From email@example.com 05/06/99 20:24 -------
I am using nxterm from RedHat 5.2 version.
Yep. I think the common theme is that everyone copied their nxterm
from an old 5.2 install. The reason is that the defaults for the old
nxterm were much nicer. On a machine with the original nxterm,
everything works fine. What has changed?
The problem is with the fixxterm patch in the ncurses-4.2-18 rpm.
The second hunk of the patch makes the xterm entry use xterm-xf86-v333
rather than xterm-r6. IMO this should be reverted because many xterms
accessing redhat 6.0 machines will NOT be XFree86 xterms. XFree86
xterm users should set TERM properly if they know they will only be
using gnu ncurses terminfo definitions and want the extra
This is a ncurses issue. We are currently trying to evaluate the
proper way to handle this. There are some nice new features of the
new terminfo entry (color chief among them) that we would like to
provide by default (not have to make the user configure it) but we do
want to continue to "play nicely" with older terminfo entries on other
This problem affects telnet/rlogin/ssh into RedHat 6.1 (i386) from Solaris
2.6/SPARC and Solaris 7/SPARC, using Solaris' /usr/openwin/bin/xterm displayed
on a CDE desktop session. The problem didn't exist before I upgraded from RedHat
5.2 to 6.1. _Very_ annoying if you work in a mixed environment - was nearly
enough to make me "upgrade" back to 5.2, or install Solaris 7/Intel.
It goes away if I comment out the "fixxterm" patch lines in the spec file of
ncurses-4.2-25.src.rpm, and rebuild then upgrade-install my new ncurses RPM.
My spec file can be found at http://www.murph.org/linux/ncurses.spec.
After additional inspection of ncurses.spec in ncurses-4.2-25.src.rpm, I believe
that "Platform: i386" is incorrect - the fixxterm patch appears to be applied to
all platforms, so this bug should apply to all platforms, although I am unable
to verify this at present.
*** Bug 3993 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 3509 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
fixed for next release.
This bug is still not "fixed" in the ncurses-5.1-2 rpm. As long as other UNIX
vendors are shipping the XC xterm code this will be a problem attributed to
RedHat Linux. Setting TERM=xterm-r6 isn't a viable option in mixed environments
because most (all?) commercial UNIX vendors don't ship an xterm-r6 terminal
definition. They have xterm and possibly xterm-color.
I am still getting complaints daily from our Solairs and HP/UX users about
logging into new "broken" RedHat machines.
Solution: Change the xterm definition to use=xterm-r6 rather than
xterm-redhat. RedHat users can set their term accordingly if they feel they
need the enhanced functionality. In my opinion it is better to disable features
than enable bugs by default.