Alternate Screen

Gary Jennejohn gljennjohn at
Mon May 17 10:19:39 UTC 2021

On Sun, 16 May 2021 19:03:07 +0200
Baptiste Daroussin <bapt at> wrote:

> On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 09:01:53AM -0500, Eric van Gyzen wrote:
> > There was a recent discussion about a terminal database update and the new
> > Alternate Screen behavior.  I'm curious about the resolution, but I can't
> > find that discussion.  Would someone kindly send a clue-by-four via
> > overnight express?
> > 
> > Ultimately, I'd like to know how to get the old behavior back, with no
> > alternate screen, and thereby reduce my blood pressure.
> > 
> > Alternatively yours,  
> The replies you are receiving are interesting as none of them are right...
> What has been done, it now ncurses from base reads both terminfo and termcap DB.
> It is looking up for terminfo db from localbase as well.
> Base only provides termcap (the old termcap definition, nothing new in there).
> if one want the terminfo database which supports alternate screen definition,
> he/shre can just pkg install terminfo-db.

But in March terminfo was being built and installed.  Maybe he failed to
delete /usr/share/terminfo after the change.  Or was simply not aware that
he had to do that.

Gary Jennejohn

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