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Bug#559364: [RFC]: Bug#559364: regression: console text is red

On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 at 10:38:25AM +0200, Petr Salinger wrote:
>>>>> I dig into. The "tput op" does not do what is expected.
>>>>> The our 8.x kernel series have added following options:
>>>>> # UTF-8 console support
>>>>> options         VESA
>>>>> options         SC_PIXEL_MODE   # add support for the raster text mode
>>>>> options         TEKEN_UTF8      # UTF-8 output handling
>>>>> options         TEKEN_XTERM     # xterm-style terminal emulation
>>>>> But the TERM settings is not xterm, but still cons25.
>>>>> It suffices to change cons25 into xterm in src/init.c
>>>>> and debian/share/inittab.kfreebsd-gnu in source package sysvinit.
>>>> Thanks for investigating.
>>>> It's probably the way to go. xterm also brings partial support for
>>>> UTF-8, and we are likely to deprecate (remove ?) 7.x kernel for squeeze.
>>> I did some minimal checking, by changing TERM to xterm on the console
>>> and it seems at least arrow keys stop working correctly on ncurses
>>> programs.
>> I confirm the issue here, so it seems we have to revert the options in
>> the kernel. That's a pitty because the goal was to use the UTF-8
>> terminal to be able to have non-english language in debian-installer.
> I looked into HEAD, it have changes:
> SVN rev 197115 on 2009-09-12 10:34:34Z by ed
> - Make 8-bit support run-time configurable.
> SVN rev 197117 on 2009-09-12 12:44:21Z by ed
> - Make xterm/cons25 support runtime configurable.
> SVN rev 197481 on 2009-09-25 13:51:01Z by ed
> - Add a new escape sequence to switch between cons25 and xterm.
> - Just run this to switch to xterm:
> 	printf '\e[=T'
> - If you get bored and want to switch back to cons25, run this:
> 	printf '\e[=1T'
> So 1st step would be revert kernel config to 8-STABLE default.
> We still could later do backport of teken/syscons changes from HEAD and 
> teach installer how to switch into XTERM, given there will be man-power 
> for this.

The question here is to know if debian-installer will also be affected
by the bug. If the arrow keys are not usable, debian-installer also
won't be usable.

Aurelien Jarno	                        GPG: 1024D/F1BCDB73
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