On Wed, May 16, 2001 at 01:56:34PM +0100 or thereabouts, Colm Buckley wrote:
>> On Wednesday 16 May 2001 13:34, you wrote:
>> > A colleague is complaining that when he exits vi(m), it clears the screen
> > so he can't see what he was viewing. What can he set in his .exrc to
> > prevent that?
>> It's not so much that vi clears the screen as that it, in common with
> almost all curses-based progams, uses the "alternate screen"
> capability of most terminal emulators (xterm, in particular) - this is
> a separate screen buffer which a program can switch back and forth to.
>> If you're using xterm, there's an option on the ctrl-button2 menu
> called "Show Alternate Screen" which should display the alternate
> screen as used by vi. If you don't want this functionality at all,
> you could put:
>> xterm*titeInhibit: true
>> in your ~/.Xresources (or possibly ~/.Xdefaults, depending on your
> window manager scripts) file to disable the "alternate screen"
> behaviour in xterm. (and xrdb -merge < ~/.Xresources to load
>> If it's not xterm, what is it?
That's the baby alright. When I unselect "Enable Alternate Screen Switching"
in an xterm, the behaviour goes away. However, it doesn't stay away. I
don't have a .Xresources or .Xdefaults I do have a .screenrc with stuff on
termcapinfo xterm 'VR=\E[?5h:VN=\E[?5l'
We're also dealing with gnome-terminal here. Can't find anything for that!
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