rxvt installation results in broken man/info pages, & unreadable shell prompt

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Sun Feb 20 01:31:00 GMT 2005

On Fri, 18 Feb 2005, Matthew Johnson wrote:

> Hi-
> I installed the rxvt package about 15 minutes ago, and
> find that typing 'rxvt' does launch it, but only with
> an unusable prompt (its not interpreting the escape
> characters of the cygwin default PS1).

This is one case where Google helps: the second match when searching for
"rxvt prompt cygwin" (without the quotes) gives the answer.  BTW, the FAQ
also explains it, albeit as part of another question:

> So I typed 'man rxvt' to try to learn how to fix this, and was surprised
> to see very strange text: it looks like it jumped into the middle of the
> manpage and failed to interpreted the .YOLDTAGSTART tags.

This is another.  Google for "YODLTAGSTART".

> I see the same thing in 'info rxvt'.

Not surprising, as 'info rxvt' should say at the top "File: *manpages*,
Node: rxvt,  Up: (dir)".

> Finally, the FAQ refers us to a file named
> "/usr/share/doc/Cygwin/rxvt-<ver>".

Where?  The only reference to "doc/Cygwin/rxvt" was the entry I referred
to above, and it says "/usr/doc/Cygwin/rxvt-<ver>.README".

> No such file exists. In fact, 'cd /usr/share/doc/Cygwin' followed by 'ls
> rxvt*' comes up with nothing.

"rxvt" is one package that didn't get updated to the new Cygwin FHS.
BTW, "cygcheck -l rxvt | grep README" would have shown you exactly where
it was.

> Did somebody break the rxvt package on the mirrors?

No, 2.7.10-4 really is the latest version, as the package search page at
<http://cygwin.com/packages/> will show you.

> And why _is_ it dated 26 Mar 2003?

Because it hasn't been updated since.
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