[Techtalk] rxvt - was: Re: End key no longer goes to EOL

Almut Behrens almut_behrens at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 13 12:28:35 EST 2002

On Sat, Jan 12, 2002 at 04:26:36PM -0600, Glenda R. Snodgrass wrote:
> > The terminal emulator (xterm, kterm, rxvt or whatever) gets this
> Well, I confess, I cheated.  I've been using xterm, so I decided to try
> rxvt and discovered that my End key goes to EOL like I wanted it to in
> pico, so I set up rxvt for my other terminal preferences and decided to
> start using it instead of xterm.  I guess that makes me lazy <g> but it
> means I get back to my real work faster.
> Happily, I then discovered that using rxvt also allows me to connect to a
> client's box and run an old Acucobol app in X, which I had been doing in
> console before because that app wouldn't run in xterm and I had never
> thought of trying rxvt.  And it was a real pain to go back & forth from
> X to console with the client on phone, so I'm really happy that problem
> is fixed.

I was also quite pleased when I first came across rxvt -- and it's been
my personal preference ever since. It's just so beautifully light-weight
and sane (just uses about 300k mem, half of which are shared, compared
to 1500k for xterm), that even my weaker machines don't mind me opening
my usual 20-40 terminals.  And who uses these additional graphics
features that xterm offers, anyway? So far, I haven't seen anyone doing
tektronix grahics and stuff in xterm...

And even nicer is that it's not too much of a problem to get all the
CTRL-* and ALT-* key combinations working as intended, without which it
would be a real pain to work with my favorite filemanager mc.

Well, a properly working terminal plus a personally de-uglified font
(yes, I went to the trouble of rolling my own, because my eyes didn't
really like the typical fixed-width fonts available) ... and working
with text-mode programs can be a real pleasure again :)

Okay, I'll stop rambling about stuff nobody has asked for...


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