Friday Aug 03, 2007

Welcome back xterm all is forgiven

Until about a year ago I had been using good old xterm, (I used it under at least olwm,olvwm,twm,tvtwm,ctwm,fvwm,CDE,GNOME). I switch to using gnome-terminal since it appeared to be good enough, it was the default under GNOME (by current desktop of choice) and it had a few features I really liked (though some I sorely missed from xterm too).

    Those I like from gnome-terminal and actively use are:
  • Profiles - mainly for different coloured foreground (green,amber,white)
  • "Right click ->Open Terminal" is very helpful since usually I can't see the desktop root window

    Things I don't like about gnome-terminal:
  • It can be slow compared to xterm when large amounts of text need to be written. For example the output of make going by really quickly
  • It seems to be very sensitive to your local cwd becoming unavailable so much that all gnome-terminal windows lock up - even those with remote logins

    Things I missed from xterm while using gnome-terminal:
  • Different colour cursor (not the mouse pointer or shell prompt) from the main foreground colour
  • Keyboard grab - I have this bound to the stop key on a Sun keyboard.

So why is it welcome back xterm ? Basically it is the performance. I use Sun Ray most of the time now, and Sun Ray at home over a 1Mbps ADSL line is perfectly usable providing I use xterm and not gnome-terminal.

I should also say that my xterm config isn't default and it is customised so that the Sun keyboard Copy/Paste keys work

The only think I'm really missing from gnome-terminal now I've switched back to xterm is the ability to change which profile (colour basically) a given window is in while it is running

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