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

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Mon Jan 5 09:47:05 PST 2009

2009/1/5 Ed Schouten <ed at>:
> 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?

Also, isn't xterm better suited for UTF-8?

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