Updated: rxvt-20050409-1

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Sun May 7 21:38:00 GMT 2006

...and a new maintainer.  Rxvt has long been on Corinna's list of 
orphaned packages (last known version here:)

The current version, rxvt-2.7.10-6, is over a year old

Now, as upstream development of rxvt has completely halted, the lack of 
updates to cygwin's version is not that big a deal.  However, there were 
a few changes *I* wanted in the current package and since it was orphaned...

What's different:
Operationally, nothing.  Just a routine update, from the user 
perspective.  It does have a few new features:

   * it can hide its own console, without requiring run.exe (but there's 
no reason your current shortcut, which uses run, needs to change.  It'll 
be fine).

   * better heuristics for the X11 search: it will find cygX11-*.dll 
even if /usr/X11R6/bin is not in your $PATH.  Soon this won't matter, as 
the modular x.org client libs will be in /usr/bin, but it's nice.

   * /usr/share/man/man1/rxvt.1.gz is actually usable.

Other stuff
Packaging-wise, there are a LOT of changes.  It's a fully g-b-s style 
build now (no need to edit features.h AFTER configuring, anymore). 
Getting into the technical weeds...

Around rxvt-2.7.6 or so, SteveO's win32-native patches were adopted into 
the rxvt CVS, kinda.  But, his rxvt distribution for cygwin was built by 
overlaying a copy of the xpm source code and building a private static 
library of it, which was then used to link.  But, the -src package 
shipped with cygwin didn't "indicate" that these manipulations occurred: 
SteveO just tarred up his working source directory and shipped THAT.

So it was difficult to see, directly, how "our" source code differed 
from "their" original 2.7.10 code.  (Plus, "our" version was actually 
based off of a snapshot taken from CVS *after* the 2.7.10 release, and 
then modified from that...)

So, my "-src" package actually contains the following:

   rxvt-20050409.tar.bz2      : a direct CVS pull with that date -D)
   rxvt-import-xpm.patch.bz2  : a layover patch that "imports" the xpm
                                source code
   rxvt-20050409-1.patch      : the OTHER cygwin changes needed for a
                                clean build
   rxvt-20050409-1.sh         : heavily doctored generic-build-script

I'm using a date-stamp instead of '2.7.10' because, well, OUR 2.7.10 
never really was 2.7.10 to begin with.  As of 2.7.10-6, it was really 
20050409-CVS + local-steveo-patches.  Why 20050409?  I'm not sure; 
perhaps that was the last checkin to rxvt's sourceforge CVS prior to the 
release of cygwin's 2.7.10-6 package.  I'm just trying to ensure that 
development continuity between the previous maintainer's final release, 
and my new release, is maintained.  THEN we can move forward...

In any case, it appears there have only been two checkins to sourceforge 
CVS since 2005-04-09, both from June 2, 2005:


This new cygwin package does NOT incorporate those patches.  We'll let 
this package simmer for a while first, before adding those patches (and 
possibly the scrollselection patch from x2vt: 


Here are the options I used to configure (somebody was asking about 256 
color support earlier).  It's enabled -- but the rxvt terminfo entries
do not reflect that (try 'export TERM=xterm-256color' and 
'/usr/lib/ncurses/test/ncurses.exe -d'. You'll see the colors, but rxvt 
is not xterm so other things will break).

Since I maintain the terminfo distribution for cygwin, PTC for terminfo 
updates to rxvt-cygwin and rxvt-cygwin-native.

   rxvt_cv_struct_utmpx=no \
   DLIB=${objdir}/W11/wrap/rxvt_res.o \
   ${srcdir}/configure \
   --srcdir=${srcdir} --prefix="${prefix}" \
   --exec-prefix='${prefix}' --sysconfdir="${sysconfdir}" \
   --libdir='${prefix}/lib' --includedir='${prefix}/include' \
   --mandir='${prefix}/share/man' --infodir='${prefix}/share/info' \
   --libexecdir='${sbindir}' --localstatedir="${localstatedir}" \
   --datadir='${prefix}/share' \
   --disable-shared --enable-xpm-background \
   --with-xpm-includes=${objdir}/W11/X11 \
   --with-xpm-library=${objdir}/W11/lib \
   --x-libraries=${objdir}/W11/lib \
   --enable-utmp --enable-wtmp --enable-lastlog --enable-menubar \
   --enable-rxvt-scroll --enable-next-scroll --enable-xterm-scroll \
   --enable-frills --enable-linespace --enable-mousewheel \
   --enable-keepscrolling \
   --enable-old-selection --enable-transparency --enable-256-color \
   --enable-languages --with-encoding=noenc )



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