Text attribute differences of syscons and xterm

Lars Eighner luvbeastie at larseighner.com
Mon Jun 1 02:53:24 UTC 2009

On Mon, 1 Jun 2009, Polytropon wrote:

> I'd like to ask the following question: Can the syscons driver
> be configured in a way that certain screen attributes are
> displayed in the same way? Read: It is possible to use the
> underline attribute in text mode?

If your video card and monitor combination supports underlining this
might be worth pursuing.  Many VGA-compatible cards do not, and text-mode
underlining has not been common for a long time.

See man 4 screen for the ansi codes to see if you can get your combination
of video card and monitor to display underscores at all.

More than likely you will never get past this step because the odds are your
hardware doesn't have this ability.

If you can get ANSI underscores in text mode, the termcap code for underline
overstrikes is ul.  Perhaps you can devise a termcap that more accurately
describes the capabilities of your monitor/video card combination.  By all
means, backup your original termcap before trying this.

Lars Eighner
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