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New: rxvt-unicode-X-7.7-3, rxvt-unicode-common-X-7.7-3

rxvt-unicode is clone of the familiar rxvt terminal emulator, that supports unicode. Except that it doesn't support unicode on cygwin. Yet.

So why bother?

(1) bugfixes. Upstream development of rxvt is dead. cygwin's rxvt is moribund. rxvt-unicode is actively maintained.

(2) Heck, eventually we might actually get unicode support assuming the proper stuff goes into newlib.

(3) Pretty. xft support. Styled text[*]. Looks cool with inheritPixmap and xsri. (xft with antialias is a bit slower, but not too bad on a fast machine, and you can go back to non-antialias or plain old bitmap fonts if you're desperate).

tput sitm ; tput bold ;  echo 'hello, world!' ; tput sgr0

tput sitm ; echo 'hello, world!' ; tput ritm

tput bold ; echo 'hello, world!' ; tput sgr0

Fun prompt:
     ITb=`tput sitm`
     BDb=`tput bold`
     NRM=`tput sgr0`
PS1="\[\e]0;\w\a\]\n$ITb$BDb$GRN\u$NRM@$GRN\h $ITb$YLW\w$NRM\n\$ "

--> GreenBoldItalicUserName Def@ GreenNormalMachineName YellowItalicPath

(4) Lightweight. Has an optional client-server mode where all client windows are part of the same process. Yes, it does present a single-point-of-failure (but so does xwin!) -- but I haven't had a problem yet.

(5) no need for run.exe: the standalone urxvt-X and the server urxvtd-X will hide their console window themselves (using code borrowed from inetutils). Actually, run.exe + urxvt + [-ls | loginShell=true | -e ${SHELL} --login ] == 100% CPU for some reason, but ONLY that combination. Any other combination is fine.

AH! But your version is X-only.  What happened to my split-personality rxvt?

Well, IMO the split personality is a bad idea: the worst of both worlds. rxvt is configured to support only the least common denominator options, those that BOTH modes can each support. So, no xft support ever. InheritPixmap is, err, at-your-own-risk. Plus, the underlying W11 library is just as moribund as rxvt -- and the wrapper system means ALL library calls in EITHER mode must be handled by dlsym().

But don't worry: I've taken over maintainership of the split-personality rxvt package, and it's not going anywhere. In fact, I currently use 'rxvt' when native mode is good enough, and 'rxvt-unicode-X' when I want X support.


rxvt-unicode-X provides the daemon, the client. and the standalone executable.

rxvt-unicode-common package provides man pages, terminfo and termcap entries (auto-added by postinstall if not present already), other documentation, etc.


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