XTerm scrollbar issue
Wed Jun 30 17:14:00 GMT 2010
All releases of xterm newer that 229 (i.e. since June '08) have a
broken scrollbar. It never bothered me enough to post a message, but
I've been setting up some new systems and have found it annoying to
dig up xterm-229 and manually install it.
These images show what the scrollbar used to look like (and what it
still looks like in all recent Linux distributions, even with latest
The 1st one shows the gray scrollbar "shrinking" as the history buffer
gets filled. The 2nd shows the gray scrollbar moving with a
middle-button click-n-drag upwards to view history.
These images show what the scrollbar looks like, now, in version 260
(and all versions in between 229 and 260):
The 1st one shows the gray scrollbar as a constant tiny rectangle
always at the top, regardless of how many lines of history there are.
The 2nd one shows what happens when you do a middle-button
Seemingly a minor nit, especially since we live in an age of wheel
mice, but annoying for those of us accustomed to scrolling the old
BTW, here's my ~/.Xdefaults, though even without it the behavior is the same:
! These affect apps like man
! Pretty colors.
! I need to scroll
! Run login scripts
! Make use of that big monitor
! Allow backspace to work on wrapped lines
! I hate beeping
! This resource specifies whether or not to ignore the alternate screen
! of applications such as vi. When it is on, these applications will restore
! the contents of the screen when they are exited to what they were before
! they were started. When it is off, the contents of vi will remain on the
! screen after the program is quit.
! New cygwin xterm includes a toolBar by default. Disable it.
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