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- <title>Announcing ncurses 5.9</title>
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- <h1>Announcing ncurses 5.9</h1>The ncurses (new curses)
- library is a free software emulation of curses in System V
- Release 4.0, and more. It uses terminfo format, supports pads and
- color and multiple highlights and forms characters and
- function-key mapping, and has all the other SYSV-curses
- enhancements over BSD curses.
-
- <p>In mid-June 1995, the maintainer of 4.4BSD curses declared
- that he considered 4.4BSD curses obsolete, and encouraged the
- keepers of Unix releases such as BSD/OS, FreeBSD and NetBSD to
- switch over to ncurses.</p>
-
- <p>The ncurses code was developed under GNU/Linux. It has been in
- use for some time with OpenBSD as the system curses library, and
- on FreeBSD and NetBSD as an external package. It should port
- easily to any ANSI/POSIX-conforming UNIX. It has even been ported
- to OS/2 Warp!</p>
-
- <p>The distribution includes the library and support utilities,
- including a terminfo compiler tic(1), a decompiler infocmp(1),
- clear(1), tput(1), tset(1), and a termcap conversion tool
- captoinfo(1). Full manual pages are provided for the library and
- tools.</p>
-
- <p>The ncurses distribution is available via anonymous FTP at the
- GNU distribution site <a href=
- "ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/">ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/</a>&nbsp;.<br>
-
- It is also available at <a href=
- "ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/">ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/</a>&nbsp;.</p>
-
- <h1>Release Notes</h1>This release is designed to be upward
- compatible from ncurses 5.0 through 5.8; very few applications
- will require recompilation, depending on the platform. These are
- the highlights from the change-log since ncurses 5.8 release.
- <p>
- This is a bug-fix release, correcting a small number of urgent problems
- in the ncurses library from the 5.8 release.
- <p>
- It also improves the Ada95 binding:
- <ul>
- <li>fixes a longstanding portability problem with its use of the
- <a href="http://invisible-island.net/ncurses/man/form_fieldtype.3x">set_field_type</a>
- function. Because that function uses variable-length argument lists,
- its interface with gnat does not work with certain platforms.
- <li>improves configurability and portability, particularly when built
- separately from the main ncurses tree. The 5.8 release introduced
- scripts which can be used to construct separate tarballs for the
- Ada95 and ncurses examples.
- <p>Those were a proof of concept. For the 5.9 release, those
- scripts are augmented with rpm- and dpkg-scripts used in test builds
- against a variety of gnat- and system ncurses versions as old as
- gnat 3.15 and ncurses 5.4 (see snapshots and systems tested
- <a href="http://invisible-island.net/ncurses/ncurses-Ada95.html">here</a>.
- <li>additional improvements were made for portability of the
- ncurses examples, adding rpm- and dpkg-scripts for test-builds.
- See
- <a href="http://invisible-island.net/ncurses/ncurses-examples.html">this page</a>
- for snapshots and other information.
- </ul>
-
- <h1>Features of Ncurses</h1>The ncurses package is fully
- compatible with SVr4 (System V Release 4) curses:
-
- <ul>
- <li>All 257 of the SVr4 calls have been implemented (and are
- documented).</li>
-
- <li>Full support for SVr4 curses features including keyboard
- mapping, color, forms-drawing with ACS characters, and
- automatic recognition of keypad and function keys.</li>
-
- <li>An emulation of the SVr4 panels library, supporting a stack
- of windows with backing store, is included.</li>
-
- <li>An emulation of the SVr4 menus library, supporting a
- uniform but flexible interface for menu programming, is
- included.</li>
-
- <li>An emulation of the SVr4 form library, supporting data
- collection through on-screen forms, is included.</li>
-
- <li>Binary terminfo entries generated by the ncurses tic(1)
- implementation are bit-for-bit-compatible with the entry format
- SVr4 curses uses.</li>
-
- <li>The utilities have options to allow you to filter terminfo
- entries for use with less capable
- <strong>curses</strong>/<strong>terminfo</strong> versions such
- as the HP/UX and AIX ports.</li>
- </ul>The ncurses package also has many useful extensions over
- SVr4:
-
- <ul>
- <li>The API is 8-bit clean and base-level conformant with the
- X/OPEN curses specification, XSI curses (that is, it implements
- all BASE level features, and most EXTENDED features). It
- includes many function calls not supported under SVr4 curses
- (but portability of all calls is documented so you can use the
- SVr4 subset only).</li>
-
- <li>Unlike SVr3 curses, ncurses can write to the
- rightmost-bottommost corner of the screen if your terminal has
- an insert-character capability.</li>
-
- <li>Ada95 and C++ bindings.</li>
-
- <li>Support for mouse event reporting with X Window xterm and
- FreeBSD and OS/2 console windows.</li>
-
- <li>Extended mouse support via Alessandro Rubini's gpm
- package.</li>
-
- <li>The function <code>wresize</code> allows you to resize
- windows, preserving their data.</li>
-
- <li>The function <code>use_default_colors</code> allows you to
- use the terminal's default colors for the default color pair,
- achieving the effect of transparent colors.</li>
-
- <li>The functions <code>keyok</code> and
- <code>define_key</code> allow you to better control the use of
- function keys, e.g., disabling the ncurses KEY_MOUSE, or by
- defining more than one control sequence to map to a given key
- code.</li>
-
- <li>Support for 256-color terminals, such as modern xterm, when
- configured using the <code>--enable-ext-colors</code>
- option.</li>
-
- <li>Support for 16-color terminals, such as <em>aixterm</em>
- and <em>modern xterm</em>.</li>
-
- <li>Better cursor-movement optimization. The package now
- features a cursor-local-movement computation more efficient
- than either BSD's or System V's.</li>
-
- <li>Super hardware scrolling support. The screen-update code
- incorporates a novel, simple, and cheap algorithm that enables
- it to make optimal use of hardware scrolling, line-insertion,
- and line-deletion for screen-line movements. This algorithm is
- more powerful than the 4.4BSD curses <code>quickch</code>
- routine.</li>
-
- <li>Real support for terminals with the magic-cookie glitch.
- The screen-update code will refrain from drawing a highlight if
- the magic- cookie unattributed spaces required just before the
- beginning and after the end would step on a non-space
- character. It will automatically shift highlight boundaries
- when doing so would make it possible to draw the highlight
- without changing the visual appearance of the screen.</li>
-
- <li>It is possible to generate the library with a list of
- pre-loaded fallback entries linked to it so that it can serve
- those terminal types even when no terminfo tree or termcap file
- is accessible (this may be useful for support of
- screen-oriented programs that must run in single-user
- mode).</li>
-
- <li>The tic(1)/captoinfo utility provided with ncurses has the
- ability to translate many termcaps from the XENIX, IBM and
- AT&amp;T extension sets.</li>
-
- <li>A BSD-like tset(1) utility is provided.</li>
-
- <li>The ncurses library and utilities will automatically read
- terminfo entries from $HOME/.terminfo if it exists, and compile
- to that directory if it exists and the user has no write access
- to the system directory. This feature makes it easier for users
- to have personal terminfo entries without giving up access to
- the system terminfo directory.</li>
-
- <li>You may specify a path of directories to search for
- compiled descriptions with the environment variable
- TERMINFO_DIRS (this generalizes the feature provided by
- TERMINFO under stock System V.)</li>
-
- <li>In terminfo source files, use capabilities may refer not
- just to other entries in the same source file (as in System V)
- but also to compiled entries in either the system terminfo
- directory or the user's $HOME/.terminfo directory.</li>
-
- <li>A script (<strong>capconvert</strong>) is provided to help
- BSD users transition from termcap to terminfo. It gathers the
- information in a TERMCAP environment variable and/or a
- ~/.termcap local entries file and converts it to an equivalent
- local terminfo tree under $HOME/.terminfo.</li>
-
- <li>Automatic fallback to the /etc/termcap file can be compiled
- in when it is not possible to build a terminfo tree. This
- feature is neither fast nor cheap, you don't want to use it
- unless you have to, but it's there.</li>
-
- <li>The table-of-entries utility <strong>toe</strong> makes it
- easy for users to see exactly what terminal types are available
- on the system.</li>
-
- <li>The library meets the XSI requirement that every macro
- entry point have a corresponding function which may be linked
- (and will be prototype-checked) if the macro definition is
- disabled with <code>#undef</code>.</li>
-
- <li>An HTML "Introduction to Programming with NCURSES" document
- provides a narrative introduction to the curses programming
- interface.</li>
- </ul>
-
- <h1>State of the Package</h1>Numerous bugs present in earlier
- versions have been fixed; the library is far more reliable than
- it used to be. Bounds checking in many `dangerous' entry points
- has been improved. The code is now type-safe according to gcc
- -Wall. The library has been checked for malloc leaks and arena
- corruption by the Purify memory-allocation tester.
-
- <p>The ncurses code has been tested with a wide variety of
- applications including (versions starting with those noted):</p>
-
- <dl>
- <dt>cdk</dt>
-
- <dd>Curses Development Kit<br>
- <a href=
- "http://invisible-island.net/cdk/">http://invisible-island.net/cdk/</a><br>
-
- <a href=
- "http://www.vexus.ca/products/CDK/">http://www.vexus.ca/products/CDK/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>ded</dt>
-
- <dd>directory-editor<br>
- <a href=
- "http://invisible-island.net/ded/">http://invisible-island.net/ded/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>dialog</dt>
-
- <dd>the underlying application used in Slackware's setup, and
- the basis for similar applications on GNU/Linux.<br>
- <a href=
- "http://invisible-island.net/dialog/">http://invisible-island.net/dialog/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>lynx</dt>
-
- <dd>the character-screen WWW browser<br>
- <a href=
- "http://lynx.isc.org/release/">http://lynx.isc.org/release/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>Midnight Commander</dt>
-
- <dd>file manager<br>
- <a href=
- "http://www.midnight-commander.org/">http://www.midnight-commander.org/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>mutt</dt>
-
- <dd>mail utility<br>
- <a href="http://www.mutt.org/">http://www.mutt.org/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>ncftp</dt>
-
- <dd>file-transfer utility<br>
- <a href="http://www.ncftp.com/">http://www.ncftp.com/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>nvi</dt>
-
- <dd>New vi versions 1.50 are able to use ncurses versions 1.9.7
- and later.<br>
- <a href=
- "https://sites.google.com/a/bostic.com/keithbostic/nvi">https://sites.google.com/a/bostic.com/keithbostic/nvi</a><br>
- </dd>
-
- <dt>pinfo</dt>
-
- <dd>Lynx-like info browser. <a href=
- "https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pinfo/">https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pinfo/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>tin</dt>
-
- <dd>newsreader, supporting color, MIME <a href=
- "http://www.tin.org/">http://www.tin.org/</a></dd>
- </dl>as well as some that use ncurses for the terminfo support
- alone:
-
- <dl>
- <dt>minicom</dt>
-
- <dd>terminal emulator<br>
- <a href=
- "http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/">http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/</a></dd>
-
- <dt>vile</dt>
-
- <dd>vi-like-emacs<br>
- <a href=
- "http://invisible-island.net/vile/">http://invisible-island.net/vile/</a></dd>
- </dl>
-
- <p>The ncurses distribution includes a selection of test programs
- (including a few games).</p>
-
- <h2>Who's Who and What's What</h2>Zeyd Ben-Halim started it from
- a previous package pcurses, written by Pavel Curtis. Eric S.
- Raymond continued development. J&uuml;rgen Pfeifer wrote most of
- the form and menu libraries. Ongoing work is being done by
- <a href="mailto:dickey@invisible-island.net">Thomas Dickey</a>.
- Thomas Dickey acts as the maintainer for the Free Software
- Foundation, which holds the copyright on ncurses. Contact the
- current maintainers at <a href=
- "mailto:bug-ncurses@gnu.org">bug-ncurses@gnu.org</a>.
-
- <p>To join the ncurses mailing list, please write email to
- <code>bug-ncurses-request@gnu.org</code> containing the line:</p>
- <pre>
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+<TITLE>Announcing ncurses 5.7</TITLE>
+<link rev=made href="mailto:bug-ncurses@gnu.org">
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+</HEAD>
+<BODY>
+
+<H1>Announcing ncurses 5.7</H1>
+
+The ncurses (new curses) library is a free software emulation of
+curses in System V Release 4.0, and more. It uses terminfo format,
+supports pads and color
+and multiple highlights and forms characters and function-key mapping,
+and has all the other SYSV-curses enhancements over BSD curses.<P>
+
+In mid-June 1995, the maintainer of 4.4BSD curses declared that he
+considered 4.4BSD curses obsolete, and encouraged the keepers of
+Unix releases such as BSD/OS, FreeBSD and NetBSD to switch over to
+ncurses.<P>
+
+The ncurses code was developed under GNU/Linux.
+It has been in use for some time with OpenBSD as the system curses library,
+and on FreeBSD and NetBSD as an external package.
+It should port easily to any ANSI/POSIX-conforming UNIX.
+It has even been ported to OS/2 Warp!<P>
+
+The distribution includes the library and support utilities, including a
+terminfo compiler tic(1), a decompiler infocmp(1), clear(1), tput(1), tset(1),
+and a termcap conversion tool captoinfo(1). Full manual pages are provided for
+the library and tools.<P>
+
+The ncurses distribution is available via anonymous FTP at
+the GNU distribution site
+<A HREF="ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/">ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/</A>&nbsp;.
+<br>It is also available at
+<A HREF="ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/">ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/</A>&nbsp;.
+
+<H1>Release Notes</H1>
+
+This release is designed to be upward compatible from ncurses 5.0 through 5.6;
+very few applications will require recompilation, depending on the platform.
+These are the highlights from the change-log since ncurses 5.6 release.
+<p>
+Interface changes:
+<ul>
+ <li>generate linkable stubs for some macros:
+ <br>
+ getattrs
+
+</ul>
+New features and improvements:
+<ul>
+ <li>library
+ <ul>
+ <li>new flavor of the ncurses library provides rudimentary
+ support for POSIX threads. Several functions are
+ reentrant, but most require either a window-level or
+ screen-level mutex.<br>
+ (This is <em>API</em>-compatible,
+ but not <em>ABI</em>-compatible with the normal library).
+
+ <li>add <code>NCURSES_OPAQUE</code> symbol to curses.h, will
+ use to make structs opaque in selected configurations.
+
+ <li>add <code>NCURSES_EXT_FUNCS</code> and
+ <code>NCURSES_EXT_COLORS</code> symbols to curses.h to make
+ it simpler to tell if the extended functions and/or colors
+ are declared.
+
+ <li>add wresize() to C++ binding
+
+ <li>eliminate fixed-buffer vsprintf() calls in C++ binding.
+
+ <li>add several functions to C++ binding which wrap C functions
+ that pass a WINDOW* parameter.
+
+ <li>adapt mouse-handling code from menu library in form-library
+
+ <li>improve tracing for form library, showing created forms,
+ fields, etc.
+
+ <li>make $NCURSES_NO_PADDING feature work for termcap interface .
+
+ <li>add check to trace-file open, if the given name is a
+ directory, add ".log" to the name and try again.
+
+ <li>several new manpages: curs_legacy.3x, curs_memleaks.3x,
+ curs_opaque.3x and curs_threads.3x
+ </ul>
+
+ <li>programs:
+ <ul>
+ <li>modified three test-programs to demonstrate the threading
+ support in this version: ditto, rain, worm.
+
+ <li>several new test-programs: demo_panels, dots_mvcur,
+ inch_wide, inchs, key_name, key_names, savescreen,
+ savescreen.sh test_arrays, test_get_wstr, test_getstr,
+ test_instr, test_inwstr and test_opaque.
+
+ <li>add <code>adacurses-config</code> to the Ada95 install.
+
+ <li>modify tic <code>-f</code> option to format spaces as
+ <code>\s</code> to prevent them from being lost when that
+ is read back in unformatted strings.
+
+ <li>The <code>tack</code> program is now distributed separately
+ from ncurses.
+ </ul>
+
+ <li>terminal database
+ <ul>
+ <li>added entries:
+ <ul>
+ <li><code>Eterm-256color</code>,
+ <code>Eterm-88color</code> and
+ <code>rxvt-88color</code>
+ <li><code>aterm</code>
+ <li><code>konsole-256color</code>
+ <li><code>mrxvt</code>
+ <li><code>screen.mlterm</code>
+ <li><code>screen.rxvt</code>
+ <li><code>teraterm4.59</code> is now the primary primary
+ teraterm entry, renamed original to
+ <code>teraterm2.3</code>
+ <li><code>9term</code> terminal
+ <li>Newbury Data entries
+ </ul>
+ <li>updated/improved entries:
+ <ul>
+ <li><code>gnome</code> to version 2.22.3
+ <li><code>h19</code>, <code>z100</code>
+ <li><code>konsole</code> to version 1.6.6
+ <li><code>mlterm</code>, <code>mlterm+pcfkeys</code>
+ <li><code>xterm</code>, and building-blocks for function-keys
+ to <a href="http://invisible-island.net/xterm/xterm.log.html#xterm_230">xterm patch #230</a>.
+ </ul>
+ </ul>
+</ul>
+Major bug fixes:
+<ul>
+ <li>add logic to tic for cancelling strings in user-defined
+ capabilities
+ (this is <em>needed</em> for
+ current <code>konsole</code> terminfo entry).
+
+ <li>modify <code>mk-1st.awk</code> so the generated makefile rules for
+ linking or installing shared libraries do not first remove the
+ library, in case it is in use, e.g., <code>libncurses.so</code> by
+ <code>/bin/sh</code>.
+
+ <li>correct check for notimeout() in wgetch().
+
+ <li>fix a sign-extension bug in infocmp's repair_acsc() function.
+
+ <li>change winnstr() to stop at the end of the line.
+
+ <li>make Ada95 demo_panels() example work.
+
+ <li>fix for adding a non-spacing character at the beginning of a line.
+
+ <li>fill in extended-color pair to make colors work
+ for wide-characters using extended-colors.
+
+ <li>improve refresh of window on top of multi-column characters,
+ taking into account split characters on left/right window
+ boundaries.
+
+ <li>modify <code>win_wchnstr()</code> to ensure that only a base cell
+ is returned for each multi-column character.
+
+ <li>improve <code>waddch()</code> and <code>winsch()</code> handling of
+ EILSEQ from <code>mbrtowc()</code> by using <code>unctrl()</code>
+ to display illegal bytes rather than trying to append further bytes
+ to make up a valid sequence.
+
+ <li>restore <code>curs_set()</code> state after
+ <code>endwin()</code>/<code>refresh()</code>
+
+ <li>modify <code>keyname()</code> to use "^X" form only if
+ <code>meta()</code> has been called, or if <code>keyname()</code>
+ is called without initializing curses, e.g., via
+ <code>initscr()</code> or <code>newterm()</code>.
+
+ <li>modify <code>unctrl()</code> to check codes in 128-255 range versus
+ <code>isprint()</code>.
+ If they are not printable, and locale was set, use a "M-" or "~"
+ sequence.
+
+ <li>improve <code>resizeterm()</code> by moving ripped-off lines, and
+ repainting the soft-keys.
+
+ <li>modify form library to accept control characters such as newline
+ in set_field_buffer(), which is compatible with Solaris.
+
+ <li>use <code>NCURSES_MOUSE_MASK()</code> in definition of
+ <code>BUTTON_RELEASE()</code>, etc., to make those work properly
+ with the <code>--enable-ext-mouse</code> configuration
+
+ <li>correct some functions in Ada95 binding which were using return
+ value from C where none was returned.
+
+ <li>reviewed/fixed issues reported by Coverity and Klocwork tools.
+</ul>
+
+Portability:
+<ul>
+ <li>configure script:
+ <ul>
+ <li>new options:
+ <dl>
+
+ <dt>--disable-big-strings
+ <dd>control whether static string tables are generated as single
+ large strings (to improve startup performance), or as array
+ of individual strings.
+
+ <dt>--disable-relink
+ <dd>control whether shared libraries are relinked (during install)
+ when rpath is enabled.
+
+ <dt>--disable-tic-depends
+ <dd>make explicit whether tic library depends on ncurses/ncursesw
+ library.
+
+ <dt>--enable-mixed-case
+ <dd>override the configure script's check if the filesystem
+ supports mixed-case filenames.
+ This allows one to control how the terminal database
+ maps to the filesystem.
+ For filesystems that do not support mixed-case, the library
+ uses generate 2-character (hexadecimal) codes for the
+ lower-level of the filesystem terminfo database
+
+ <dt>--enable-reentrant
+ <dd>builds a different flavor of the ncurses library (ncursest)
+ which improves reentrant use of the
+ library by reducing global and static variables
+ (see the "--with-pthread" option for the threaded support).
+
+ <dt>--enable-weak-symbols
+ <dd>use weak-symbols for linking to the POSIX thread library,
+ and use the same soname for the ncurses shared library
+ as the normal library (caveat: the ABI is for the threaded
+ library, which makes global data accessed via functions).
+
+ <dt>--with-pthread
+ <dd>build with the POSIX thread library (tested with AIX,
+ Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, HPUX, IRIX64, Solaris, Tru64).
+
+ <dt>--with-ticlib
+ <dd>build/install the tic-support functions in a separate library
+
+ </dl>
+
+ <li>improved options:
+ <dl>
+
+ <dt>--enable-ext-colors
+ <dd>requires the wide-character configuration.
+
+ <dt>--with-chtype
+ <dd>ignore option value "unsigned" is always added to
+ the type in curses.h; do the same for --with-mmask-t.
+
+ <dt>--with-dmalloc
+ <dd>build-fix for redefinition of <code>strndup</code>.
+
+ <dt>--with-hashed-db
+ <dd>accepts a parameter which is the install-prefix of a given
+ Berkeley Database.
+
+ <dt>--with-hashed-db
+ <dd>the $LIBS environment variable overrides the search for the db
+ library.
+
+ <dt>--without-hashed-db
+ <dd>assumed when "--disable-database" is used.
+
+ </dl>
+
+ </ul>
+
+ <li>other configure/build issues:
+ <ul>
+ <li>build-fixes for LynxOS
+ <li>modify shared-library rules to allow FreeBSD 3.x to use rpath.
+ <li>build-fix for FreeBSD "contemporary" TTY interface.
+ <li>build-fixes for AIX with libtool.
+ <li>build-fixes for Darwin and libtool.
+ <li>modify BeOS-specific ifdef's to build on Haiku.
+ <li>corrected gcc options for building shared libraries on Solaris
+ and IRIX64.
+ <li>change shared-library configuration for OpenBSD, make rpath work.
+ <li>build-fixes for using libutf8, e.g., on OpenBSD 3.7
+ <li>add "-e" option in ncurses/Makefile.in when generating source-files
+ to force earlier exit if the build environment fails unexpectedly.
+ <li>add support for shared libraries for QNX.
+ <li>change delimiter in <code>MKlib_gen.sh</code> from '%' to '@', to
+ avoid substitution by IBM xlc to '#' as part of its extensions to
+ digraphs.
+ </ul>
+
+ <li>library:
+ <ul>
+ <li>rewrite wrapper for <code>wcrtomb()</code>, making it work on
+ Solaris. This is used in the form library to determine the length
+ of the buffer needed by <code>field_buffer</code>.
+ <li>add/use configure script macro CF_SIG_ATOMIC_T, use the corresponding
+ type for data manipulated by signal handlers.
+ <li>set locale in misc/ncurses-config.in since it uses a range
+ <li>disable GPM mouse support when $TERM does not happen to contain
+ "linux", since Gpm_Open() no longer limits its assertion to terminals
+ that it might handle, e.g., within "screen" in xterm.
+ <li>reset mouse file-descriptor when unloading GPM library.
+ </ul>
+
+ <li>test programs:
+ <ul>
+ <li>update test programs to build/work with various UNIX curses for
+ comparisons.
+ </ul>
+</ul>
+
+<H1>Features of Ncurses</H1>
+
+The ncurses package is fully compatible with SVr4 (System V Release 4) curses:
+
+<UL>
+<LI>All 257 of the SVr4 calls have been implemented (and are documented).
+<LI>Full support for SVr4 curses features including keyboard mapping, color,
+forms-drawing with ACS characters, and automatic recognition of keypad
+and function keys.
+<LI>An emulation of the SVr4 panels library, supporting
+a stack of windows with backing store, is included.
+<LI>An emulation of the SVr4 menus library, supporting
+a uniform but flexible interface for menu programming, is included.
+<LI>An emulation of the SVr4 form library, supporting
+data collection through on-screen forms, is included.
+<LI>Binary terminfo entries generated by the ncurses tic(1) implementation
+are bit-for-bit-compatible with the entry format SVr4 curses uses.
+<LI>The utilities have options to allow you to filter terminfo
+entries for use with less capable <STRONG>curses</STRONG>/<STRONG>terminfo</STRONG>
+versions such as the HP/UX and AIX ports.</UL>
+
+The ncurses package also has many useful extensions over SVr4:
+
+<UL>
+<LI>The API is 8-bit clean and base-level conformant with the X/OPEN curses
+specification, XSI curses (that is, it implements all BASE level features,
+and most EXTENDED features).
+It includes many function calls not supported under SVr4 curses
+(but portability of all
+calls is documented so you can use the SVr4 subset only).
+<LI>Unlike SVr3 curses, ncurses can write to the rightmost-bottommost corner
+of the screen if your terminal has an insert-character capability.
+<LI>Ada95 and C++ bindings.
+<LI>Support for mouse event reporting with X Window xterm
+and FreeBSD and OS/2 console windows.
+<LI>Extended mouse support via Alessandro Rubini's gpm package.
+<LI>The function <CODE>wresize()</CODE> allows you to resize windows, preserving
+their data.
+<LI>The function <CODE>use_default_colors()</CODE> allows you to
+use the terminal's default colors for the default color pair,
+achieving the effect of transparent colors.
+<LI>The functions <CODE>keyok()</CODE>
+and <CODE>define_key()</CODE> allow
+you to better control the use of function keys,
+e.g., disabling the ncurses KEY_MOUSE,
+or by defining more than one control sequence to map to a given key code.
+<LI>Support for 256-color terminals, such as modern xterm, when configured
+using the <code>--enable-ext-colors</code> option.
+<LI>Support for 16-color terminals, such as aixterm and modern xterm.
+<LI>Better cursor-movement optimization. The package now features a
+cursor-local-movement computation more efficient than either BSD's
+or System V's.
+<LI>Super hardware scrolling support. The screen-update code incorporates
+a novel, simple, and cheap algorithm that enables it to make optimal
+use of hardware scrolling, line-insertion, and line-deletion
+for screen-line movements. This algorithm is more powerful than
+the 4.4BSD curses quickch() routine.
+<LI>Real support for terminals with the magic-cookie glitch. The
+screen-update code will refrain from drawing a highlight if the magic-
+cookie unattributed spaces required just before the beginning and
+after the end would step on a non-space character. It will
+automatically shift highlight boundaries when doing so would make it
+possible to draw the highlight without changing the visual appearance
+of the screen.
+<LI>It is possible to generate the library with a list of pre-loaded
+fallback entries linked to it so that it can serve those terminal types even
+when no terminfo tree or termcap file is accessible (this may be useful
+for support of screen-oriented programs that must run in single-user mode).
+<LI>The tic(1)/captoinfo utility provided with ncurses has the
+ability to translate many termcaps from the XENIX, IBM and
+AT&amp;T extension sets.
+<LI>A BSD-like tset(1) utility is provided.
+<LI>The ncurses library and utilities will automatically read terminfo
+entries from $HOME/.terminfo if it exists, and compile to that directory
+if it exists and the user has no write access to the system directory.
+This feature makes it easier for users to have personal terminfo entries
+without giving up access to the system terminfo directory.
+<LI>You may specify a path of directories to search for compiled
+descriptions with the environment variable TERMINFO_DIRS (this
+generalizes the feature provided by TERMINFO under stock System V.)
+<LI>In terminfo source files, use capabilities may refer not just to
+other entries in the same source file (as in System V) but also to
+compiled entries in either the system terminfo directory or the user's
+$HOME/.terminfo directory.
+<LI>A script (<STRONG>capconvert</STRONG>) is provided to help BSD users
+transition from termcap to terminfo. It gathers the information in a
+TERMCAP environment variable and/or a ~/.termcap local entries file
+and converts it to an equivalent local terminfo tree under $HOME/.terminfo.
+<LI>Automatic fallback to the /etc/termcap file can be compiled in
+when it is not possible to build a terminfo tree. This feature is neither
+fast nor cheap, you don't want to use it unless you have to,
+but it's there.
+<LI>The table-of-entries utility <STRONG>toe</STRONG> makes it easy for users to
+see exactly what terminal types are available on the system.
+<LI>The library meets the XSI requirement that every macro entry
+point have a corresponding function which may be linked (and will be
+prototype-checked) if the macro definition is disabled with
+<CODE>#undef</CODE>.
+<LI>An HTML "Introduction to Programming with NCURSES" document provides
+a narrative introduction to the curses programming interface.
+</UL>
+
+<H1>State of the Package</H1>
+
+Numerous bugs present in earlier versions have been fixed; the
+library is far more reliable than it used to be. Bounds checking in many
+`dangerous' entry points has been improved. The code is now type-safe
+according to gcc -Wall. The library has been checked for malloc leaks and
+arena corruption by the Purify memory-allocation tester.<P>
+
+The ncurses code has been tested with a wide variety of applications
+including (versions starting with those noted):
+<DL>
+<DT> cdk
+<DD> Curses Development Kit
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://invisible-island.net/cdk/">http://invisible-island.net/cdk/</A>
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://www.vexus.ca/products/CDK/">http://www.vexus.ca/products/CDK/</a>
+<DT> ded
+<DD> directory-editor
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://invisible-island.net/ded/">http://invisible-island.net/ded/</A>
+<DT> dialog
+<DD> the underlying application used in Slackware's setup, and the basis
+for similar applications on GNU/Linux.
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://invisible-island.net/dialog/">http://invisible-island.net/dialog/</A>
+<DT> lynx
+<DD> the character-screen WWW browser
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://lynx.isc.org/release/">http://lynx.isc.org/release/</A>
+<DT> Midnight Commander
+<DD> file manager
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://www.ibiblio.org/mc/">http://www.ibiblio.org/mc/</A>
+<DT> mutt
+<DD> mail utility
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://www.mutt.org/">http://www.mutt.org/</A>
+<DT> ncftp
+<DD> file-transfer utility
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://www.ncftp.com/">http://www.ncftp.com/</A>
+<DT> nvi
+<DD> New vi versions 1.50 are able to use ncurses versions 1.9.7 and later.
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://www.bostic.com/vi/">http://www.bostic.com/vi/</A>
+<br>
+<DT> pinfo
+<DD> Lynx-like info browser.
+<A HREF="https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pinfo/">https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pinfo/</A>
+<DT> tin
+<DD> newsreader, supporting color, MIME
+<A HREF="http://www.tin.org/">http://www.tin.org/</A>
+</DL>
+as well as some that use ncurses for the terminfo support alone:
+<DL>
+<DT> minicom
+<DD> terminal emulator
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/">
+http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/</A>
+<DT> vile
+<DD> vi-like-emacs
+<br>
+<A HREF="http://invisible-island.net/vile/">http://invisible-island.net/vile/</A>
+</DL>
+<P>
+
+The ncurses distribution includes a selection of test programs (including
+a few games).
+
+<H2>Who's Who and What's What</H2>
+
+Zeyd Ben-Halim
+started it from a previous package pcurses, written by Pavel Curtis.
+Eric S. Raymond
+continued development.
+J&uuml;rgen Pfeifer wrote most of the form and menu libraries.
+Ongoing work is being done by
+<A HREF="mailto:dickey@invisible-island.net">Thomas Dickey</A>.
+Thomas Dickey
+acts as the maintainer for the Free Software Foundation,
+which holds the copyright on ncurses.
+Contact the current maintainers at
+<A HREF="mailto:bug-ncurses@gnu.org">bug-ncurses@gnu.org</A>.
+<P>
+
+To join the ncurses mailing list, please write email to
+<CODE>bug-ncurses-request@gnu.org</CODE> containing the line:
+<PRE>
subscribe &lt;name&gt;@&lt;host.domain&gt;
-</pre>
-
- <p>This list is open to anyone interested in helping with the
- development and testing of this package.</p>
-
- <p>Beta versions of ncurses and patches to the current release
- are made available at <a href=
- "ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/">ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/</a>&nbsp;.</p>
-
- <h2>Future Plans</h2>
-
- <ul>
- <li>Extended-level XPG4 conformance, with internationalization
- support.</li>
-
- <li>Ports to more systems, including DOS and Windows.</li>
- </ul>We need people to help with these projects. If you are
- interested in working on them, please join the ncurses list.
-
- <h2>Other Related Resources</h2>The distribution provides a newer
- version of the terminfo-format terminal description file once
- maintained by <a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/terminfo/">Eric
- Raymond</a>&nbsp;. Unlike the older version, the termcap and
- terminfo data are provided in the same file, and provides several
- user-definable extensions beyond the X/Open specification.
-
- <p>You can find lots of information on terminal-related topics
- not covered in the terminfo file at <a href=
- "http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.cs.utk.edu/~shuford/terminal">
- Richard Shuford's archive</a>&nbsp;.</p>
-</body>
-</html>
+</PRE>
+
+This list is open to anyone interested in helping with the development and
+testing of this package.<P>
+
+Beta versions of ncurses and patches to the current release are made available at
+<A HREF="ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/">ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/</A>&nbsp;.
+
+<H2>Future Plans</H2>
+<UL>
+<LI>Extended-level XPG4 conformance, with internationalization support.
+<LI>Ports to more systems, including DOS and Windows.
+</UL>
+We need people to help with these projects. If you are interested in working
+on them, please join the ncurses list.
+
+<H2>Other Related Resources</H2>
+
+The distribution provides a newer version of the terminfo-format
+terminal description file once maintained by
+<A HREF="http://www.catb.org/~esr/terminfo/">Eric Raymond</A>&nbsp;.
+Unlike the older version, the termcap and terminfo data are provided
+in the same file, and provides several user-definable extensions
+beyond the X/Open specification.<P>
+
+You can find lots of information on terminal-related topics
+not covered in the terminfo file at
+<A HREF="http://www.cs.utk.edu/~shuford/terminal_index.html">Richard Shuford's
+archive</A>&nbsp;.
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