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Old 06-28-2006, 04:14 PM   #1
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Fullscreen console apps in GNU Screen in an X term (of some sort) problems.


So my problem is perhaps a little odd. I tend to use console applications such as mutt for email and mocp for music when possible...and I tend to use them within GNU screen in some kind of terminal in X (with Ratpoison WM). However, GNOME Terminal is the only one I've had any success doing this with, since for some reason Xterm/Aterm/Eterm/etc. (including various other lightweight terminal types, which I prefer) really screws them up if I use them in Screen. In other words, my music program (for example) looks and works fine in just an aterm, but if I try to use it within screen on that same aterm the "graphics" are messed up beyond any hope of usage--everything, including letters and numbers, appears as crazy blocks. And for some reason I don't have this problem in GNOME Terminal. However, I would like to uninstall GNOME, since I never use it and it takes up a ton of room.

If anybody knows how to fix this--especially in an ATerm, but in anything other than the GNOME Terminal--your help would be much appreciated.

Old 06-29-2006, 04:00 AM   #2
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Have you tried a different font with Aterm?
xlsfonts | less
should list the available fonts in your system. You should pass the font you want with the -fn option to aterm, I believe.
Old 06-29-2006, 04:15 AM   #3
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Not knowing what distro you're using I can't say much; but I use screen in
rxvt under Fluxbox successfully all the time :} ... even with apps with
colourful ansi & curses interfaces ... oh, and that's on slackware.

Old 06-30-2006, 09:53 PM   #4
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Thank you for the tips...however, even fiddling around with fonts hasn't fixed the problem. What font do you use that this works with? And currently I'm using Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), though I'm looking at switching to Gentoo (at which point I would just not bother to install GNOME if I can avoid it). Is there a way to attach a screenshot? Perhaps that would help?
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*ka-bump* Any thoughts on this, anyone?
Old 07-03-2006, 06:42 PM   #6
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Fullscreen console apps, etc. *Problem Solved*


Ok, so after some googling I added the following two lines to my ~/.Xresources file:

xterm*faceName:        MiscFixed
xterm*faceSize:        10
Nothing happened in an aterm--it still didn't work. But I tried a regular XTerm, and not only did it work, but it was a nice font, too! I think the problem in the Aterm is that for some reason it creates a border around itself, but I'm probably just making that up. And now that this is working...well, it's just good news.

Thanks for all replies, and have a nice day.
Old 07-21-2006, 04:48 AM   #7
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aterm screen problem

I am having the same problem with Eterm and aterm. xterm and uxterm do not display this problem at all.

Googling has not turned up much so far but I may be piecing things together. When I don't run screen, ncurses programs like abook or make menuconfig in /usr/src/linux will run perfectly in any terminal I like. When I run screen in Eterm or aterm and then try to run an ncurses app the borders are garbled. I have set my locale to unicode.

Let me know if you find a solution.


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