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From: Walter Dnes <waltdnes@××××××××.org>
To: Gentoo Users List <gentoo-user@l.g.o>
Subject: [gentoo-user] How can I turn off xterm console restore?
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:47:04
1 As soon as some textmode applications in xterm stop, their output gets
2 wiped, and the xterm screen is restored to what it looked like before I
3 launched the app. Somebody thought they were being "helpful"; then
4 again, so did the designers of "Clippy". I don't know how many updates
5 ago the behaviour changed, but here's what happens...
7 Let's say I'm having a problem with packet loss to/from a certain
8 internet server. I would run "mtr" which gives an ongoing enhanced
9 traceroute display. When it gets to the router that's dropping packets
10 I would hit "Q" and mtr quits.
12 Before the update
13 =================
14 I would copy/paste the mtr output into an email, and send it off to
15 whomever, with the output showing the packet-loss stats.
17 After the update
18 ================
19 As soon as mtr quits, its output gets wiped, and the xterm screen is
20 restored to the state it was in before mtr was launched... helpful NOT!
22 I've discovered that I can suspend it with {CTRL-S}, but I shouldn't
23 have to resort to that. Using Google, I found references to
24 "man termcap", which stated that this behaviour was controlled by
25 entries in /etc/termcap. Despite the fact that I have the termcap man
26 page on my system, I do *NOT* have /etc/termcap. Does anyone have a
27 sample /etc/termcap (or will ~/.termcap work?) to stop the screen
28 restore after a text application quits?
30 --
31 Walter Dnes <waltdnes@××××××××.org>


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] How can I turn off xterm console restore? Mick <michaelkintzios@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] How can I turn off xterm console restore? Bill Longman <bill.longman@×××××.com>