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#1 2018-02-01 02:33:37

ap
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is xterm so bad?

I use urxvt mostly but also xterm (for the real transparency) as a secondary terminal...I have also used many others but have now settled for these two. Online I read many times how bloated, outdated, bad etc etc xterm is, but then actually I find it pretty good in terms of the customizability it allows and the options it has. What's your opinion regarding the infamous xterm?

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#2 2018-02-01 06:52:41

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Re: is xterm so bad?

I use xterm(1) as my stock terminal emulator in OpenBSD, it does absolutely everything I need at a very low overhead and it's part of their base system so it has been stripped and audited  by the developers.

I have to say though that I prefer urxvt under GNU/Linux because it is lighter and more configurable than xterm.

EDIT: they're both better than terminator ofc devil

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#3 2018-02-01 07:10:44

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Re: is xterm so bad?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

I use xterm(1) as my stock terminal emulator in OpenBSD, it does absolutely everything I need at a very low overhead and it's part of their base system so it has been stripped and audited  by the developers.

I think this is the key, xterm is fine but needs a cleanup, OpenBSD devs done similar with xdm.

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#4 2018-02-01 12:23:29

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Re: is xterm so bad?

oh I didn't know about it. It would be nice to have a polished version of xterm also for linux...but still, pretty good to me...and as you said much better than terminator or gnome terminal. Also, some of the very lightweight and polished one seem to lack a lot of functionalities, an example is the case of st.

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#5 2018-02-01 16:08:13

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Re: is xterm so bad?

I always use xterm. I love alt+enter.

Although transparency looks nice, I prefer a solid black background for work.

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#6 2018-02-01 19:06:54

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Re: is xterm so bad?

malm wrote:

I love alt+enter.

what does it do?

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#7 2018-02-01 19:18:26

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Re: is xterm so bad?

Full screen.

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#8 2018-02-08 13:52:56

devnull
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Re: is xterm so bad?

I use guake since years and never found a reason to switch to other terminals. The f12 is a second nature now big_smile

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