Re: 1.3.3 Compiled but having temrinal probs :(

Mathew G. Monroe (
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 01:58:05 -0400 (EDT)

> > Hello,
> > I have compiled 1.3.3 using kernel 1.2.9 and gcc 2.6.3 but when i
> > rebooted using the 1.3.3 kernel it didnt recongnize my terminal and all
> > my directories/files were a different color!! I couldnt run vi because
> > of this terminal problem...what could have caused this? I can run
> > everything perfectly with 1.2.9 but when i recompiled 1.3.3 and rebooted
> > it says terminal unknown...any clues to what caused this? My video board
> > is a wdc33 and it works just fine in X.
> I dont think it has a thing to do with your display. I had the same
> problem. If you do a more /etc/termcap it will fail immediately. So
> will cat, cp and a whole bunch of other commands. Strangely enough, dd
> works. Weird huh? And /etc/termcap seems to be the ONLY file affected,
> although I didnt persue this actively.
> This started in 1.3.2 BTW ... I'm about to boot 1.3.4 and see if that works.
> I've been forced to stay at 1.3.1.
> This is a WEIRD bug.
> --
> J. Kean Johnston |
> | "Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they
> | are subtle and quick to anger" J.R.R. Tolkien

Once and for all this is not a bug in 1.3.x kernels. This is a change
that has been await, by at least some of us, for quite some time. Finally
the kernel sets the default term to linux instead of console. You need
to update your /etc/termcap for this, but it is a good thing. This is
also the reason it wasn't put in the 1.2.x kernel. Finally now I put
pressure of the administrators of the other machines I use to put a
linux entry in their terminfo and termcap databases.