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Re: I don't want to use xterm, why am I forced to use it any way?

On Tue, Feb 29, 2000 at 02:56:20PM +0900, Tomohiro KUBOTA wrote:
> 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.  

Yes, of course, whatever the solution is.
> The first reason I don't like the ~/bin way is that usage of '~/bin' is 
> a bit too tricky to be a standard.

Well, I couldn't think of a more standard and straightforward way.
Anyway, I like Anthonys hint about ~/.alternativesrc much better. I didn't
knew about it. We should advertise this more.
> 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).

If there is a reason why it is sepcified, it is probably not replaceable by
any other terminal emulator becuase specific features are used. In this
case, tough. If it is just a bug it can be fixed ;)

> > > 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?

I'm not against a shell wrapper, really.

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