Alternate Screen

Eric van Gyzen eric at
Mon May 17 14:57:31 UTC 2021

On 5/17/21 9:53 AM, Baptiste Daroussin wrote:
> On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 09:46:49AM -0500, Eric van Gyzen wrote:
>> On 5/17/21 5:19 AM, Gary Jennejohn wrote:
>>> 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.
>> Thanks for the help, everyone.  Deleting /usr/share/terminfo fixed the
>> problem.  (I don't have the terminfo-db package installed.)
>> Bapt, was this intentionally omitted from, or was that an
>> oversight?
>> Cheers,
>> Eric
> It is in
> # 20210318: remove the terminfo database

:facepalm:  I was looking at the wrong branch.  And I apparently forgot 
to delete-old.

Thanks again for wasting your time on me.


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