[Pkg-mc-devel] Bug#469251: mcedit: terminal dependent vanishing or chameleon cursor over leading whitespace

A. Costa agcosta at gis.net
Tue Mar 4 07:48:26 UTC 2008

Package: mc
Version: 1:4.6.2~pre1-5
Severity: normal

Start 'mcedit borked_mcedit.txt' (attached) in 'gnome-terminal'.  The
cursor is a white square over the letter 'a'.  Press down arrow twice,
the cursor vanishes.  Keep pressing down arrow and the cursor reappears
over the 'f'.

In a console, (e.g. Ctrl-Alt-F2, etc.), the result is different.  The
cursor starts as a white underline, and changes to a light blue
underline when over leading whitespace.  The light blue cursor against
the dark blue background is not invisible, but is distinctly less

More testing, summarized in a (monospace font) table:

		cursor is...
	        normal		color changing		invisible
gnome-terminal						X
console				X
konsole				X
xterm				X
uxterm		X
xfterm4		X
rxvt		X
Eterm		X

(Maybe the invisible cursor is some odd 'gnome-terminal' setting
on my system, or a bug.  But the color changing occurs in several

Hope this helps...

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968) (ignored: LC_ALL set to C)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages mc depends on:
ii  libc6                      2.7-9         GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libglib2.0-0               2.14.6-1      The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgpmg1                   1.20.3~pre3-2 General Purpose Mouse - shared lib
ii  libslang2                  2.1.3-2       The S-Lang programming library - r

mc recommends no packages.

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