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Bug#241717: xterm: various colour problems (mouse cursor color, text colours)

tag 241717 + unreproducible moreinfo

On Fri, Apr 02, 2004 at 05:25:41PM +0200, Marc Lehmann wrote:
> Package: xterm
> Version: 4.3.0-7
> Severity: minor
> The xterm mouse cursor is a thin line, under debians xterm, it's much
> thicker.

The *mouse* cursor is not controlled by xterm, but by another program,
probably your window manager.

> Specifying -rv restores the original cursor (but does not do reverse
> video, see bug #239510, which is probably related).
> It seems that debians xterm does not set mouse cursor colours correctly
> and defaults to white background and black foreground, while the default
> config specifies black background on white foreground, which is probably
> why -rv fixes this as it correctly swaps background and foreground for all
> items.

To be precise, the Debian default is "gray90" on "black".  You can see
this in /etc/X11/app-defaults/XTerm-color.

> Another colour problem: debian also changed default colours of
> xterm, which makes coloured text very hard to read, especially for
> colour-impaired people like me (it's very difficult for me to decipher
> e.g. the alsamixer labels in xterm, other shells work fine). The original
> xterm colours are much easier on my eyes, due to the much increased
> contrast.

Perhaps you could put a window dump of xterm up on the web somewhere so
we could have a look at this?

What you're describing doesn't sound like Debian's defaults at all.

It's also worth noting that Debian's default xterm configuration hasn't
changed recently.  Perhaps something else on your system is playing
around with X resources?

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