svn commit: r186731 - head/sys/dev/syscons/teken

Ed Schouten ed at
Mon Jan 5 09:23:05 PST 2009

Hello David,

* David O'Brien <obrien at> wrote:
> Why xterm and not vt100?

The reason I'm proposing xterm, is because it is the best supported
terminal type out there. Example: if we would use TERM=vt100, we would
only get black & white. If we use TERM=vt100-color, we do get the
colors, but unfortunately we won't be compatible with other operating
systems. Solaris, for example, has no termtype called vt100-color. This
means the user has to change TERM by hand.

TERM=xterm has proven to be very portable across different operating
systems and there are a lot of other pieces of software that try to
mimic it. At least the Terminal application in OS X, GNOME's
gnome-terminal, maybe KDE's Konsole as well.

I hope that answers your question?

 Ed Schouten <ed at>
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