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Posted Dec 2, 2004 17:38 UTC (Thu) by iabervon (subscriber, #722)
In reply to: Terminals by hmh
Parent article: A look at Xfce 4.2

I think that it would be great if someone took xterm's core engine, cleaned out the junk (tektronic mode, etc), and made it into a library (with a small program to take command line arguments and run a program attached to the tty). I suspect that having other terminal emulators be based on replacing the widget set in this, rather than starting from scratch, would give much better results (while still producing scroll bars that people these days know how to use and menus people can find).

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Terminals (xterm library)

Posted Dec 2, 2004 19:22 UTC (Thu) by smoogen (subscriber, #97) [Link]

Everyone I know who has started down this path (about 8 people so far) get about 2 weeks into it.. and then decide that rewriting it from scratch would be easier on the brain.

Terminals (xterm library)

Posted Dec 2, 2004 20:35 UTC (Thu) by iabervon (subscriber, #722) [Link]

I think there's a certain amount of work that could be done on it to clean up things that are obvious to fix (e.g., xstrings) or that are no longer desired (Tek mode). This would at least save future people 2 weeks of thinking they might get somewhere.

Beyond that, I suspect that there's some stuff that could be salvaged, which could be used to make a new program that works as well. charproc.c seems to me to be a relatively clean ANSI escape sequence processor (relative to, e.g., the kernel's console one...).

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