No colours at all with ncurses and urxvt on FreeBSD 9.0-RC2

Moritz Wilhelmy moritz at
Fri Nov 25 17:58:23 UTC 2011

On Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 08:19:15 -0500, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> well... rxvt-unicode-256color was the effect of the checkins for termcap.src
> for conf/152713 and conf/153164
> The earlier one suggests that the naming came from rxvt-unicode's sources.
> Checking that, it seems that the rxvt-unicode entry specifies 88 colors,
> while the rxvt-unicode-256color entry (close to rxvt-256color) does 256.
> However, the rxvt-unicode entry in FreeBSD was added for conf/117323,
> which equated it to rxvt-mono (no color), with some changes for function-keys.
> On the other hand, the rxvt entry uses color, which was overlooked in
> conf/117323:
> # Termcap entry for rxvt-unicode, taken from
> rxvt-unicode|rxvt-unicode terminal (X Window System):\
> 	:SF=\E[%dS:SR=\E[%dT:bw:ec=\E[%dX:kb=\177:kd=\EOB:ke=\E[?1l\E>:\
> 	:kl=\EOD:kr=\EOC:ks=\E[?1h\E=:ku=\EOA:lm#0:te=\E[r\E[?1049l:\
> 	:ti=\E[?1049h:tc=rxvt-mono:

And I already wondered why it was so short..

> rxvt|rxvt terminal emulator (X Window System):\
> 	:pa#64:Co#8:AF=\E[3%dm:AB=\E[4%dm:op=\E[39;49m:tc=rxvt-mono:
> Following the clue from the comment, the example using no color was present
> in rxvt.7 until it was removed in version 9.05 of rxvt-unicode.  The current
> documentation contains no examples (the termcap/terminfo are only separate
> files).

This sounds like a bug in FreeBSD's default termcap. Should I file a PR?


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