Re: mc-4.6.1-20060912.patch

On Wed, 13 Sep 2006, Pavel Tsekov wrote:

I do build and test MC not only on linux but also on Solaris and Cygwin and not so often on some other systems too. None of them use gpm.

I'm curious how you are using the mouse on Solaris then...

A quick check of the snapshot using my configuration shows the same bugs that I noticed in the release:

        a) cursor keys are not handled properly using the slang
           configuration when running in screen.  (But see below).

        b) there is no support for mouse using ncurses in xterm (or any
           other terminal supported by ncurses, of course).

Ok I cannot test right now since it is really late but I'll do tommorow. In the meantime, please, post the exact configuration that you're using so that I can try with your seettings.

configure --prefix=/tmp/FOO --without-gpm-mouse --with-screen=ncurses

I had noticed the mouse problem in 2002 when I sent a patch to Pavel Roskin, but had not found time then to fix it. The problem is still the same. Perhaps it would not be hard to resync my 4.6.1 patch against your snapshot, but since the packagers I normally deal with are using 4.6.1, that was where I started.

You are asuming that everyone is aware of the problem you speak of.

It's fairly obvious if you run MC in an xterm using the ncurses configuration. Rather than interpret the mouse, it simply echos the
printable characters from the escape sequence in the command-line window.

Would you, please, exlpain the problem that you're seeing and the
reasons behind your patch. Does it have something to do with ?

not exactly. Since I maintain ncurses, I deflect bug reports that are incorrectly citing ncurses. I happened to think about MC this week since I noticed some comments via google on one of the newsgroups that indicated someone's cursor keys did not work in MC. That might be the same issue
that I noted above.

Do you mind to post a reference to that discussion so it can be verified ?

I didn't bookmark it (and scanning back through google for the past 5 days doesn't show me). There's some discussion on gentoo regarding line-drawing characters, and

mentions a problem with function-keys. But the remark that I had in mind was to the effect that the interpretation of the escape sequences had changed from one release to another (that sounds like a comment on one of the Debian lists).

Thomas E. Dickey

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