Re: I don't want to use xterm, why am I forced to use it any way?
From: Marcus Brinkmann <Marcus.Brinkmann@ruhr-uni-bochum.de>
Subject: Re: I don't want to use xterm, why am I forced to use it any way?
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 03:30:15 +0100
> A user can override sensible-x-terminal in ~/bin and include ~/bin before
> everything else in his/her PATH. Is something wrong with this solution?
> (Of course this doesn't work if scrpts call /usr/bin/sensible instead just
> sensible, so they shouldn't). Of course this would need to be documented.
Yes, we can do in such a way. IMO, it is a very basic setting
to enable native language be displayed. Such a basic setting should
be standardized and written in Debian Policy.
The first reason I don't like the ~/bin way is that usage of '~/bin' is
a bit too tricky to be a standard.
These days more and more softwares adopt gettext but the native
messages are broken if the terminal doesn't support the language.
Thus *all* Debian softwares which invoke terminal emulator should
use the standard way.
The second reason I don't like the ~/bin way is that there may be
softwares for which a terminal emulator has to be specified in full
path in their configuration files. (Though this may be modified
by modifying the source code).
> > I read the previous discussion about sensible-x-terminal and I think
> > the disadvantage of the idea is that shell script wrapper is slow.
> Starting an xterm is not a time critical action. You don't need to start
> hundreds of xterms in a few seconds, for example.
Then why shouldn't we take sensible-x-terminal?
In short, I cannot find any positive reason not to take sensible-x-terminal.
Almost of users don't need? Then a few users need. There are other ways to
do this? Then I don't understand why this way is inferior to these.
Tomohiro KUBOTA <email@example.com>