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Re: [vox-tech] Xterm and terminal types

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 20:33:16 -0800 (PST)
"Mark K. Kim" <lugod@cbreak.org> wrote:

> Looks like you won't have any issue.  My distribution, and probably
> the one you'll be isntalling on your sister's systems, already has
> "scoansi" terminfo at the following location:
>    /usr/share/terminfo/s/scoansi
> To use this terminfo, simply set the environment variable TERM (in
> Bourne Shell, or "term" in CSH) to "scoansi".

This lets programs running on Linux run on a SCO ANSI terminal - not the
other way around.

> FYI, both termcap and terminfo describes the sequence of characters a
> program sends to stdout to control various behaviors of the terminal.
> There are character sequences (usually beginning with <esc>) for
> clearing the screen, moving the cursor, bolding the text, etc.  UNIX,
> since it's so flexible, can handle multiple types, as long as you tell
> it what terminal type is in use.
> Termcap is the old way of doing things, and all the termal character
> sequence information was all stored in /etc/termcap in plain ASCII.
> Terminfo is the new way of doing things, and the binary file
> describing each terminal character sequence is stored in one file per
> terminal type in /usr/share/terminfo (or /etc/terminfo, and other
> places the system has designated.)  Linux will work with either (I
> suppose preferring terminfo, then falling back on termcap if terminfo
> for the specified terminal isn't available.)
> Printer filter data files look very much like the old /etc/termcap
> file, since the principle of bolding text and things like that is
> same.  I imagine the newer printer filter data files look more like
> the new terminfo file format.
> There is a pair of programs for converting data from terminfo to
> termcap format and vice-versa.  Look at man pages for `captoinfo` and
> `infotocap`.
> -Mark
> On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Rod Roark wrote:
> > So, the good news is that my sister, an MD in Tennessee,
> > wants me to switch most of the computers in her clinic from
> > Windows to Linux.
> >
> > They have a practice management system running on an SCO
> > server (yeah, I know...) and it seems the clients currently
> > connect to it via telnet with a Windows terminal emulation
> > program.  I'm told by the vendor that the terminal program
> > needs to support "SCO ANSI" as the terminal type.
> >
> > The upgraded clients will run KDE, so the obvious terminal
> > program is Konsole; I think it works a lot like xterm and
> > may even be based on it.
> >
> > Anyway, I don't really understand all the nuances of termcap,
> > terminfo, setterm, stty, etc. and what, if anything I might
> > need to do to make the terminal emulation work properly.
> > I did some googling but it was not very helpful.
> >
> > Does anyone understand this stuff enough to enlighten me?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > -- Rod
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