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bug #55482: TERMCAP can break on systems that don't support terminfo

Submitter:  Scott Shambarger <sshambar>
Submitted:  Tue 15 Jan 2019 10:33:20 PM UTC
Votes:  10  
Category:  Program Logic Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  * 5 - Normal Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Closed Release:  4.6.2
Fixed Release:  4.8.0 Planned Release:  4.8.0
Work Required:  None
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Tue 15 Feb 2022 07:05:10 PM UTC, comment #1: 
Alexander Naumov <anaumov>
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Tue 15 Jan 2019 10:33:20 PM UTC, original submission:  

I'm using TERM=xterm-256color on OSX, and the TERMCAP screen creates is too large for the "compatibility" mode for many of the command line tools (such as ls, man etc), eg error:

"TERMCAP", line 20, col 1, terminal 'SC': Missing separator
(ls output then shown)

I can create a ~/.terminfo entry (providing I use OSX /usr/bin/tic, not a newer ncurses6 one), but it's clear the TERMCAP entry is not functioning -- the newer .terminfo entry also forces all my new apps to lose some functionality (eg, color-pairs limited to 32767, since ncurses5 uses signed short int)

man tic (and tic.h) declares 1023 as the maximum TERMCAP size (tic on  GNU/Linux does the same), and the TERMCAP screen generates is much larger (1325 in the case of screen.xterm-256color).

I worked a bit with the screen source, and figured that I could get the TERMCAP to fit well if I excluded some extra keys (shifted function keys etc).  In the process, I created a patch which limits TERMCAP_BUFSIZE to 1023 (it can still be configured at build), and creates an "unwrapped" TERMCAP w/o the vt220 extra keys (saving space), but still include the navigation keys etc.  (if BUFSIZE is set larger, all keys are included).

I also have AddCap silently ignore any caps that push the TERMCAP past the limit, rather than Panicing.

To support the termcap dump, I created a function DumpTermcap that writes a wrapped/indented copy to the .termcap file.

I've tried this out, and it works great on my Mac, and still allows modern apps (eg emacs) to use the full capabilities of ncurses6 terminfo.

I'll attach the patch.

Scott Shambarger <sshambar>


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2022-02-15 anaumov StatusNone Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
        Fixed ReleaseNone 4.8.0
        Planned ReleaseNone 4.8.0
    2021-07-27 soliton Carbon-Copy- Added soliton
    2019-01-15 sshambar Attached File- Added 0001-Create-TERMCAP-entries-limited-to-1023-bytes-by-defa.patch, #45981
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