SUMMARY: 4.1.1 + Tek4107 = kablooey

From: Ed Arnold (era@niwot.scd.ucar.EDU)
Date: Tue Jan 14 1992 - 19:55:22 CST

Thanks for the many responses. Most of you pointed out that terminfo
is an ABSOLUTE requirement to run vi under 4.1.1. I had assumed this
was not the case because, if we put our own tek4107 termcap into
/usr/share/lib/termcap and then ran vi, vi accessed the termcap
file (ls -lu showed the usage date of /usr/share/lib/termcap got
changed), and vi didn't complain about anything missing; it just
proceeded to splatter garbage down the screen.

Upon further investigation, this was apparently due to the fact that
SunOS 4.1.1 supplies a /usr/share/lib/terminfo/t/tek4107 file with
the OS, and that terminfo file doesn't work with any of our 4107/4207
terminals. One respondent noted that he had also had to replace
Sun's tek4107 entry with his own.

So I changed the name of our own 4107 termcap, ran it thru (gag)
captoinfo/tic, and now everyone's happy.

(Surprisingly enough the ex(1) man page on my favorite 4.1.1 system
mentions only /etc/termcap in the FILES section ... /usr/share/lib/terminfo
is not mentioned. Oh well, I guess I should have read all 19 volumes
of the 4.1 FM set to find this out. :-))

Thanks to the following people for taking the time to reply:

Brent Alan Wiese <>
Aydin Edguer <>
Fuat Baran <> (Jim Davis) (Cameron Humphries)
"Ric Anderson" <>
"Kurt J. Lidl" <>
"Anthony A. Datri" <> (Doug Neuhauser)
Chris.Drake@Corp.Sun.COM (Chris Drake) ( Birger Wathne)
mikulska@ece.UCSD.EDU (Margaret Mikulska) (Michael D. Reynolds)
John R. Kilheffer <amp19263@garfield.AMP.COM>
long-morrow@CS.YALE.EDU (Jonathan Clark)
Mike Raffety <> (Robert Kuhn)
stern@sunne.East.Sun.COM (Hal Stern - NE Area Systems Engineer)
Ted Nolan SRI Ft Bragg <>
mark@isis.Berkeley.EDU (mark kraitchman) (Bill McSephney )
Jonathan Corbet <corbet@stout.atd.ucar.EDU> (Brent Chivers)
Gene.Saunders@West.Sun.COM (Gene Saunders - SW Area SE) (Jim Davidson)
Sue Bergquist <>
mark@maui.Qualcomm.COM (Mark Erikson)
tgsmith@spdev.East.Sun.COM (Timothy G. Smith - Special Projects) (Timothy Baum 432-2765)

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