[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#711008: xfce4-terminal: changing terminal type locks up all terminals

brian m. carlson sandals at crustytoothpaste.net
Mon Jun 3 23:30:46 UTC 2013

Package: xfce4-terminal
Version: 0.6.2-1
Severity: important

Before the XFCE 4.10 upgrade, I used to have my terminal type set to
xterm-256color in the preferences.  However, now that terminal type is
set to xterm.  If I edit the terminal type to be xterm-256color, I get
the following message in every terminal, and the terminal locks up and
is unusable until I set it back:

  *** VTE ***: Failed to load terminal capabilities from '/etc/termcap'

Note that the message appears as soon as I type the first character into
the terminal type box (that is, the "-" character).  Opening a new
terminal allows me to type, but it ignores the Enter key, which makes it
useless.  I am using zsh with a highly-customized configuration, but
this worked fine before the upgrade.  I had not noticed the problem
until now because my zsh configuration automatically forces
xterm-256color when that TERM definition is available and the terminal
is an xfce4-terminal.

I don't know if the message is misleading or not, but /etc/termcap does
not exist, nor should it because Debian uses terminfo.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.8-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages xfce4-terminal depends on:
ii  exo-utils           0.10.2-2
ii  libatk1.0-0         2.8.0-2
ii  libc6               2.17-3
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0  2.28.1-1
ii  libglib2.0-0        2.36.1-2build1
ii  libgtk2.0-0         2.24.18-1
ii  libpango1.0-0       1.32.5-5
ii  libvte9             1:0.28.2-5
ii  libx11-6            2:1.5.0-1+deb7u1
ii  libxfce4ui-1-0      4.10.0-2
ii  libxfce4util6       4.10.1-1

Versions of packages xfce4-terminal recommends:
ii  dbus-x11  1.6.10-1

xfce4-terminal suggests no packages.

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