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Re: x-terminal-emulator

On Mon, Oct 30, 2000 at 05:08:32PM -0800, Bradley Bell wrote:
> isn't xterm the 'de facto' standard?  it would seem to me that any options
> xterm understands ought to be supported by x-terminal-emulator.  If
> a certain terminal emulater is not xterm compatible, it would be trivial to
> provide an 'xterm compatibility wrapper', and have x-terminal-emulator point
> to that. 

Nononono.  I love xterm to death, but requiring support for its many, many
options is the death of a thousand cuts.  Most other terminal emulators
don't fool with the Tektronix 4014 emulation, for instance.  Try "man
xterm" sometime and feel your head reel as the bajillions of options scroll

I think requiring a *small* compatibility subset is the way to go.  There's
not all that many things a terminal emulator needs to be able to
configurably from the command line to satisfy the requirements of a program
(as opposed to a user) that calls it:

1) accept a geometry specification
2) accept a title
3) exec a specified command

Maybe, *maybe* we should require -ls (login shell) support, but even that
is pushing it, I think.

As much as I love xterm, I don't think it's fair to require that every
other X terminal emulator be just like it.

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