TERM / termcap / terminfo & st from suckless tools

Sean DuBois sean at siobud.com
Thu Nov 21 17:46:07 UTC 2013

This might not be any help, but I have been setting termname to
xterm-256color in my config.h for as long as I have used st. 
(the port allows you to pass in your config.h easily, so don't
 download from suckless.org if you don't plan on patch/dev)

I have issues with working on remote machines when setting my TERM to
anything else. (I don't want to install st everywhere I go) this has
been the case for me on both GNU/Linux and FreeBSD

I use vim, emacs, mutt and ncmpcpp locally + remote in tmux and I have
not had any issues with my setup.

The only thing I have run into is issues with mutt, and to fix that use
slang instead of ncurses and set the env var CLICOLOR=yes 

On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 09:27:14AM -0500, Rob Paisley wrote:
> I use st 0.4.1 from st.suckless.org as my terminal. It assigns
> TERM=st-256color. Accordingly I get errors running top / tmux as follows:
> $ top
> top: can't open termcap file
> $ tmux
> open terminal failed: can't find terminfo database
> On Linux like systems, the solution is:
> $ tic -s st.info
> 2 entries written to /home/rpaisley/.terminfo
> which is run normally via make install. On FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE with `pkg
> install ncurses` yielding version 5.9_3, the output is as follows:
> $ tic -s st.info
> 2 entries written to /usr/local/share/misc/terminfo.db
> It didn't appear to have changed in size, so I ran the same command as root
> and verified the file /usr/local/share/misc/terminfo.db did in fact change,
> yet I still get the errors from above for both top / tmux.
> My current work around is to manually set TERM=xterm-color.
> I've tried various settings for TERMINFO / TERMCAP environment variables to no
> avail. How do I get st-256color recognized as a valid terminal?
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