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summary: Better xterm keyboard compatibility
class: wish: This is a request for an enhancement.
difficulty: fun: Just needs tuits, and not many of them.
priority: low: We aren't sure whether to fix this or not.

Update: A lengthy response to this item: 20040221234425.GA18710@heslin.eclipse.co.uk

The following is mostly untrue. Do not depend on it for anything whatever. If anyone can supply a better description, that would probably be useful.

PuTTY claims a terminal type of "xterm" by default, but doesn't actually default to being compatible with xterm. Even in xterm function-key mode, PuTTY doesn't actually generate the right sequences for everything.

Of course, this is made trickier by the fact that there are many different versions of xterm, but current XFree86 xterm seems to be considered the best baseline by our users. Its ctlseqs.ms documents things fairly well.

Ref: Debian Bug #167629.

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2004-03-24 14:10:13 +0000)