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Re: Bug#9813: rxvt 2.20-4 : Bad setting of TERM environ variable

On May 16, J.H.M.Dassen wrote
> On May 15, John Goerzen wrote
> > Brian Mays <brian@debian.org> writes:
> > > rxvt (and rxvt-xpm) always exports the variable "COLORTERM" so that
> > > programs can check for color support.  As a side note, when XPM support
> > > has been 
> > 
> > Unfortunately, I know of no programs that make use of this variable.  In
> > fact, I believe that ncurses doesn't even use it.
> The S-Lang library support it. For a demonstration: start up rxvt (I've used
> 2.20-4) and fire up mutt. You'll have colour support, with $TERM == xterm .
> Now start it up "env -u COLORTERM mutt". It'll be black&white.

Which makes for a very confusing setup, as COLORTERM doesn't get
propagated by telnet, ssh, etc. It took us a while to figure out under
what circumstances we got color.

What problem is COLORTERM trying to solve? It's very non-standard.

Also, I'd hope that if xterm now does color as standard, that fact is
reflected in its terminfo entry.

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