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Date:      Mon, 11 Sep 1995 10:12:48 -0700 (MST)
From:      Terry Lambert <terry@lambert.org>
To:        partek@indecent.com (David Anderson)
Cc:        julian@ref.tfs.com, questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: cons25 and vt100
Message-ID:  <199509111712.KAA18597@phaeton.artisoft.com>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSF.3.91.950911020314.2947C-100000@system1.indecent.com> from "David Anderson" at Sep 11, 95 02:31:56 am

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> I tried that.. There were some problems..
> 
> Local console:
> 1- All stuff that was supposed to be bold, was blue.

8-).  Direct mapping of the mono attribute bits to the CGA attribute
values.

What's "bold" on a color screen?

> 2- The screen would constanly become garbled. I would be typing something 
>    at the commandline and suddenly the cursor would just jump to the 
>    other side of the screen. 

What video card do you have; sounds like a non-linear VGA memory map?

> 3- When the system boots up, everything is white on a red background. Not 
>    necessarily a problem, but it looks strange. 

Another attribute mapping.

I'd say PCVT was under the impression that your card was a mono card; does
it emulate one?  This could cause it to mis-probe the card.  You may want
to look at the dmesg output for boot and see what probe messages it puts
out to you.  Then contact the author for advice.

> Remote systems:
> 1- When I do either a setenv TERM vt220(or even vt100), and run pine, the 
> screen turns to black text on a white background. 

I've seen this even on the default console.

It looks like a clear screen is clearing with the attribute set.  This is
the way SCO consoles work, and is probably a requirement for compatability.

> The thing is, I don't really want vt100/220 all the time. I just want it 
> for those times when I'm working on the remote systems. 

Screen is your best bet, then.  Or X.


					Terry Lambert
					terry@lambert.org
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Any opinions in this posting are my own and not those of my present
or previous employers.



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