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Bug#62878: Screen display problems with terminals

Package: general
Version: N/A;
Severity: normal

There seems to be some general problem with the display of terminal (that is
vt100 style, not X windows and not command-line) oriented programs.  I make this
sweeping statment on the basis of 2 programs:

For both, I have garbage characters floating around.  In the case of dselect, areas
in the headers which should be blank (e.g., the left hand side of the major group
headings on the top of dselect--I don't mean the column headings, but the rows
which mark aggregations of packages) have text in them (among other problems).

In the case of mutt, I notice the problem particularly in threaded sorting; again
strange characters and text appear where they shouldn't.

Frankly, I have little idea what system to point the finger at.  Here are some 
facts which may be relevant:
Running GNOME terminals under GNOME.
I have changed the default font of the terminals (it is now -b&h-lucidatypewriter-bold-r-normal-*-*-120-*-*-m-*-iso8859-1; I don't know what it was originally).  My initial suspicion was that the programs couldn't handle this kind of font change.

I've noticed the problem for at least a couple of weeks, during which I've been
keeping up with the current potato.

I think I've seen the problem with other text based programs, but these are
the ones I'm sure of.

ii  dpkg           1.6.12         Package maintenance system for Debian
ii  mutt           1.0.1-9        Text-based mailreader supporting MIME, GPG,

Both depend on libncurses5
un  libncurses-dev <none>         (no description available)
ii  libncurses4    4.2-9          Shared libraries for terminal handling
pn  libncurses4-db <none>         (no description available)
pn  libncurses4-de <none>         (no description available)
ii  libncurses5    5.0-6          Shared libraries for terminal handling
pn  libncurses5-db <none>         (no description available)
pn  libncurses5-de <none>         (no description available)
un  ncurses        <none>         (no description available)
ii  ncurses-base   5.0-6          Descriptions of common terminal types
ii  ncurses-bin    5.0-6          Terminal-related programs and man pages
un  ncurses-dev    <none>         (no description available)
un  ncurses-develo <none>         (no description available)
pn  ncurses-hexedi <none>         (no description available)
un  ncurses-runtim <none>         (no description available)
ii  ncurses-term   5.0-6          Additional terminal type definitions
un  ncurses21-dev  <none>         (no description available)
pn  ncurses3.0     <none>         (no description available)
pn  ncurses3.0-alt <none>         (no description available)
pn  ncurses3.4     <none>         (no description available)

pn  ami-gnome      <none>         (no description available)
pn  giram-gnome    <none>         (no description available)
pn  giram-gnome-me <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-admin    1.0.3-2        Gnome Admin Utilities (gulp and logview)
ii  gnome-apt      0.3.7          Gnome front-end to apt
ii  gnome-audio    1.0.0-3        Audio files for Gnome
ii  gnome-bin      1.0.56-3       Miscellaneous binaries used by Gnome
ii  gnome-card-gam 1.0.51-6       Gnome card games - Solitaire games (FreeCell
pn  gnome-chess    <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-control- 1.0.51-4       The Gnome Control Center
ii  gnome-core     1.0.55-1       Common files for Gnome core apps
un  gnome-desktop  <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-dev-doc  1.0.56-3       Gnome developers documentation
ii  gnome-faq      1.0.56-3       Frequently Asked Questions about GNOME
ii  gnome-games    1.0.51-6       Empty package that requires the installation
ii  gnome-games-lo 1.0.51-6       The locale databases for the gnome-games pac
ii  gnome-gataxx   1.0.51-6       This is a GNOME port of the old game ataxx.
ii  gnome-glines   1.0.51-6       This is a version of the color lines program
ii  gnome-gnibbles 1.0.51-6       A cute little game that has no description
un  gnome-gnobots  <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-gnobots2 1.0.51-6       Second Gnome version of robots game for BSD 
ii  gnome-gnometri 1.0.51-6       A tetris clone.
ii  gnome-gnomine  1.0.51-6       Classic find the mines in the minefield game
un  gnome-gnothell <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-gnotrave 1.0.51-6       A game based on Tetravex.
ii  gnome-gtali    1.0.51-6       Gnome version of Yahtzee Dice Game
ii  gnome-gturing  1.0.51-6       Turing game
ii  gnome-guile    1.0.1.cvs.1999 Guile-Gtk scheme interpreter (part of Gnome)
ii  gnome-gv       0.82-2         GNOME PostScript/PDF viewer
un  gnome-gyahtzee <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-help     1.0.55-1       GNOME help browser
ii  gnome-help-dat 1.0.55-1       GNOME help browser data
ii  gnome-iagno    1.0.51-6       Gnome version of Othello (Reversi) board gam
ii  gnome-libs-dat 1.0.56-3       Data for Gnome libraries
ii  gnome-mahjongg 1.0.51-6       Classic Chinese Tile Game (from Gnome)
ii  gnome-media    1.0.51-2       Gnome Media Utilities (gmix, gtcd)
un  gnome-metatris <none>         (no description available)
pn  gnome-napster  <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-network  1.0.2-5        The gnome network utilities.
ii  gnome-panel    1.0.55-1       Launch and/or dock Gnome applications
ii  gnome-panel-da 1.0.55-1       Data files for GNOME panel
ii  gnome-session  1.0.55-1       The Gnome Session Manager
ii  gnome-stones   1.0.51-6       Stones games
ii  gnome-terminal 1.0.55-1       The Gnome terminal emulator application
ii  gnome-think    0.1.3-3        Hierarchical organizer and outliner
ii  gnome-users-gu 1.0.6-1        GNOME User's Guide
pn  gnome-users-gu <none>         (no description available)
ii  gnome-utils    1.0.50-4       Gnome Utilities (gtt, ghex, and more)
ii  gnome-xbill    1.0.51-6       Fight the infection.
ii  gnomehack      1.0.5-1        A port of NetHack for GNOME
ii  gnomeicu       0.90b-1        Small, fast and functional clone of Mirabili
un  gtksamba-gnome <none>         (no description available)
pn  icewm-gnome    <none>         (no description available)
un  libglade-gnome <none>         (no description available)
ii  libglade-gnome 0.11-2         Library to load .glade files at runtime (Gno
pn  libglade-gnome <none>         (no description available)
ii  libgnome-dev   1.0.56-3       The Gnome libraries -- development package
pn  libgnome-gnorb <none>         (no description available)
pn  libgnome-perl  <none>         (no description available)
un  libgnome0      <none>         (no description available)
un  libgnome31     <none>         (no description available)
ii  libgnome32     1.0.56-3       The Gnome libraries
pn  libgnomemm     <none>         (no description available)
pn  libgnomemm-dev <none>         (no description available)
ii  libgnomesuppor 1.0.56-3       The Gnome libraries (Support libraries)
ii  libgnomeui32   1.0.56-3       The Gnome libraries (User Interface)
pn  libobgnome-dev <none>         (no description available)
ii  libobgnome0    1.0.40-2       Objective-C - Gnome bindings
pn  penguineyes-gn <none>         (no description available)
ii  python-gnome   1.0.50-5       PyGNOME -- Python bindings for GNOME.
ii  sawmill-gnome  0.20.1-2.1     GNOME components for Sawmill
iU  ssh-askpass-gn 1.2.3-2        under X, asks user for a passphrase for ssh-
ii  task-gnome-app 1.0.3          GNOME applications and utilities
ii  task-gnome-des 1.0.7          GNOME basic desktop
ii  task-gnome-gam 1.0.5          GNOME games
ii  task-gnome-net 1.0.4          GNOME network applications
pn  wmaker-gnome   <none>         (no description available)
ii  xchat-gnome    1.4.2-1        IRC client for GNOME similar to AmIRC
pn  xkbsel-gnome   <none>         (no description available)

-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.2
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux wheat 2.2.14 #1 Sun Apr 16 18:51:46 EST 2000 i586

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