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The "xterm" terminfo definition includes smul/rmul to start/end underline text. The AT&T-derived "xtermm" and "xtermc" entries are missing this, so underlined text will not be displayed when using "xtermc" (reading a manual page is one obvious example of this).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. TERM=xterm man ls
2. TERM=xtermc man ls
The text in the second "man" command is reversed instead of underlined.
Both "man" commands should produce the same result.
See the comment in terminfo.src:
# These (xtermc and xtermm) are distributed with Solaris. They refer to a
# variant of xterm which is apparently no longer supported, but are interesting
# because they illustrate SVr4 curses mouse controls - T.Dickey
There's no reason to use those entries unless you happen to have a running
copy of the variant cited. If you do, it would be interesting to spend
some time validating the entry. Otherwise, there's no reason to change the
I've an environment with mixed Solaris and RH, and while RH's $TERM, if set to xterm, supports colour (I like to set terminal colours when su-ing, to warn myself), Solaris' doesn't, and so I use xtermc instead, which works on both, except with the underline bug. I set $TERM in PuTTY and was hoping to not have to set different settings for RH and Solaris, but meh it's a tiny bug and especially if it's not supported any more, I'm sure I'll deal with it.
On Solaris, you can install ncurses or (lacking root access)
it's possible to install in your home directory a small
terminal database. ncurses has a correct definition for
putty as well as for xterm, so you should be able to make
Hmmmm - there are quite a lot of machines involved (potentially hundreds) and home directories unfortunately aren't common on all of them. I think I'll just set $TERM to xtermc each time on Solaris and have Linux "just work" with xterm.
It's not a matter of directories: the tic program compiles
a source for the terminal entry. On Solaris, that would
use one file for the entry, and a couple of directory-levels
as part of the structure for the terminal database.
Unless Thomas wants to change this upstream, I'm closing this as WONTFIX.