Re: [As-users] Issues with aterm with screen or old/different unix

Nathan 'Vaevictus' Mahon (
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:53:32 -0400

First, I should preface this with aterm is deprecated in favor of urxvt, 
aka. rxvt-unicode.

Second, we go to the second problem.  If your OS's don't have a termcap 
for either rxvt or aterm, you need to get one installed.  It may be a 
problem on some OS's ... and may be a big problem on others.  using the 
wrong term settings will cause some of your issues in problem #1.
Lastly, you need to a.) have termcap settings for rxvt, xterm will work 
somewhat, but you'll see special character issues.  b.) unicode will 
never work properly under aterm. c.) in addition to the TERM settings, 
you need proper locale, lang, and font settings, *and* you need each 
layer of your terminal to be speaking the same thing.  aterm connected 
to screen connected to mutt is 3 layers.

This is becoming more and more of a problem as OS's continue to make 
unicode the default.  Your discrepancy between fedora and gentoo may be 
that fedora is defaulting a setting differently than gentoo is.  xterm 
supports unicode, so I'd imagine that you're running into some unicode, 
if "everything works fine" with it. :)

what's your LANG set to in your shells?


Kyle Liddell wrote:
> Can anybody give me help with these two problems?
> 1.  Using mutt (for example) inside aterm on some systems causes some special characters to be displayed incorrectly.  In mutt, when viewing a thread of emails, the arrow symbols are junk characters, and if a non-ascii character is on a line, it will usually cause the next line to be blank.  aterm on fedora and debian do this, aterm on gentoo works fine.  (aterm on gentoo and fedora are compiled from latest source, on debian it's the binary in testing.)  If I use xterm on fedora and debian, everything works fine.
> 2.  Many non-linux systems I use don't know about aterm, so, for example, running 'top' doesn't work correctly, and emacs won't run.  Solaris gives messages like "top: no termcap entry for a `rxvt' terminal", and aterm on AIX sort of works, but some things grumble a bit.  If I set TERM="xterm", then things seem to play nice.
> I'm not really sure where the problem lies with terminals, and I'm not sure of the Right Way to fix it...
> Thanks,
> Kyle
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