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

M. Warner Losh imp at
Mon Jan 5 16:44:48 PST 2009

In message: <20090105172243.GO14235 at>
            Ed Schouten <ed at> writes:
: 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, xterm is a superset of vt100.  Most vt100-only programs will
just work inside an xterm.


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