A look at Xfce 4.2
Posted Dec 5, 2004 2:16 UTC (Sun) by sfink
Parent article: A look at Xfce 4.2
I would be happy with xterm if it weren't broken. No terminal emulator I have found so far can deal correctly with multi-line strings. I'm not talking about cutting & pasting -- I recognize the difficulties of that. I'm just talking about typing in a line with more characters than the width of your terminal, then doing some combination of backspacing past a line wrap, retyping text forward past a line end, and recalling commands from history. Perhaps you need a nontrivial prompt to confuse it too? (Nothing fancy, just display the user and part of the path.) Every terminal emulator I've tried gets some part of this wrong, although it always kinda works enough that I haven't been able to track down an exact example of how to make it flake out. I run into this several times a day. It will put the cursor in the wrong place on the line, or make the whole line invisible, or do all kinds of other crap.
I used to use xterm until it pissed me off with this. So I switched to rxvt, which seemed slightly better but still quite broken. Purely because it was preinstalled everywhere I went, I eventually switched to gnome-terminal. Older versions of that were about the best I'd seen, but still broken. Newer versions are at least as bad as xterm. Those are the main ones I've used; the half-dozen or so minor ones have either had that problem or other problems large enough to keep me away. (The emacs shell has never flaked out on me, admittedly. But I'd rather not always use emacs when I want a terminal!) I haven't tried the Xfce one yet.
I probably only notice it because I'm crazy. Wrong in the head. Delusional. But shouldn't this, the very basis of any unix-like environment, work by now? I've heard rumours that at least one or two other people out there besides me still types stuff at the command line once in a while.
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