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Bug 4270 - termcap 2.0.8 & escaped colon
Summary: termcap 2.0.8 & escaped colon
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: termcap
Version: 5.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-07-30 12:32 UTC by ce
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-08-21 17:00:52 UTC

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Description ce 1999-07-30 12:32:20 UTC
A termcap capability that contains the colon (:) can no
longer be defined using one of the escape methods \072 or \:
in V2.0.8. This problem occurred after the (otherwise
excellent) shrink mechanism has been added. The solution to
the problem is easy, we only need to prevent the colon from
being shrinked:

% diff termcap-old.c termcap.c
<       if ((c & 0x7f) > 31)
>       if ((c & 0x7f) > 31 && c != ':')  /* Do not shrink
the colon */

I have sent this report also to and

Comment 1 ce 1999-08-04 00:36:59 UTC
I have received this email from H.J. Lu:
I no longer maintain libtermcap. I am using ncurses. You may want
to send to RedHat since they still use it.

H.J. Lu (

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-21 17:00:59 UTC
Fixed in libtermcap-2.0.8-16 from Raw Hide. Thanks for the patch.

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