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Re: mutt and ncurses



On Sat, Oct 30, 1999 at 09:33:59PM +0200, Jim Mintha wrote:
> 
> On Fri, Oct 29, 1999 at 09:14:33PM -0400, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 29, 1999 at 06:16:49PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> > >  >Why is mutt linked with ncurses? Why not slang anymore?
> > > The author likes more ncurses, but I had so many bug reports I will
> > > compile 1.0 with slang again.
> > 
> > No, please don't.  slang introduces stupid color bugs.  ncurses does not.
> > 
> > People who filed bug reports are probably just used to slang's buggy
> > behavior.
> 
> Hmmm, slang is one that got colours correct for me.  If there is
> something that is buggy, please file a bug report, or let me know and
> I'll look into it.

All I can say is, the following color stuff works correctly in ncurses for me.
With slang, stuff like bad PGP signatures would highlight all the way to
the right edge of the screen even if the text didn't go that far.  There
were other bugs, but I can't remember them now.  I'm trying to forget them.

Also, IMO, slang has a deep design flaw with this $COLORFGBG nonsense.  ncurses
can get it right without any such kludge.  Admittedly, a few years ago when
ncurses was effectively unmaintained, that wasn't the case.  But it is now.

I don't suppose the slang maintainers would consider porting their screen
drawing functions to be wrappers around ncurses calls?  At the very least,
this could be introduced as an alternative interface.  I'm unhappy with the
inconsistency and I don't think I am alone.

If people needed an embedded stack language, they should use slang.  If
they need to draw on a terminal screen, they should use ncurses.

# color settings for index
color error brightred default
# color index
color indicator brightyellow red
color message brightcyan default
color status brightyellow blue
color tree magenta default      # the thread tree in the index menu

# color settings for pager
color attachment magenta default
color body brightyellow default "<?(ftp|http)://[^ ]+>?" # point out URLs
color body brightyellow default "^(gpg: )?Good signature" # good digital signatures
color body brightwhite red "^(gpg: )?(Bad|BAD) signature from.*" # bad digital signatures
color body brightred default <?[-a-z_0-9.]+@[-a-z_0-9.]+>?    # e-mail addresses
color hdrdefault yellow default
color header brightgreen default "^(Date|From|To|Reply-to):.*"
color header brightmagenta default "^Subject:.*"
color markers brightcyan default
color quoted cyan default
color quoted1 brightcyan default
color quoted2 cyan default
color quoted3 brightcyan default
color quoted4 cyan default
color quoted5 brightcyan default
color search default green
color signature brightred default
color tilde brightcyan default
color underline brightgreen default

-- 
G. Branden Robinson              |   The only way to get rid of a temptation
Debian GNU/Linux                 |   is to yield to it.
branden@ecn.purdue.edu           |   -- Oscar Wilde
cartoon.ecn.purdue.edu/~branden/ |

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