[1.7] New: {terminfo0/terminfo0-extra}-5.5_20061104-10

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Sun Mar 1 22:31:00 GMT 2009

The terminfo packages contain the terminal information database that
enables proper operation of ncurses-based applications.

Due to a change in the terminfo database organization (but not file
format) expected by libncurses9, existing applications that use the
legacy libncurses8 library require a copy of the terminfo database
organized using the old arrangement.  This package, which can be
installed alongside the updated terminfo package, provides that
backwards-compatible terminfo database.

The new terminfo, in order to improve operation on case-insensitive
platforms, is now organized according to the two-digit hexadecimal code
of the entry's first letter, instead of organized according to that
first letter itself.  For instance:

  OLD (terminfo0) --->   NEW (terminfo)
  r/rxvt-unicode         72/rxvt-unicode

Additionally, the database itself has been split into two parts. The
basic part contains most of the terminal definitions commonly used on
the cygwin platform, and a selection of others. The terminfo0-extra
package provides all of the others (again, arranged using the "old"
libncurses8-compatible organization).

This is the first release specific for cygwin-1.7; the only differences
between this package and the simultaneously- released
{terminfo0/terminfo0-extra}-5.5_20061104-2 packages for cygwin-1.5 are
documentation related (the README references cygport-0.9.4 and
cygwin-1.7.0-41, and the /usr/share/doc/ layout is influenced by the
cygport changes between 0.4.x and 0.9.x).

CHANGES (since 5.5_20061104-1)
o Fork for cygwin-1.7 development
o Reformulate packaging and renamed.
o Build using stock cygport 0.9.4
o Build using tic0.exe NOT tic.exe.  tic0 is a version of the
  terminfo compiler which is statically-linked against libncurses8,
  so that it installs the compiled terminfo data using the old
o Split into two packages: terminfo0 and terminfo0-extra.
  - terminfo0 contains the same terminals provided by Fedora 10's
    'ncurses-base' package, such as cygwin, vt*, xterm*,
    putty*, screen*, and rxvt*, and a few others.
  - terminfo0-extra contains everything else.

Charles Wilson
terminfo volunteer maintainer for cygwin


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