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I am using Linux in an environment where I need to be able to boot my custom kernel from a floppy disk and all the binaries/libraries needed must also fit on a floppy. I have the bootable floppy disk and it works fine but I am now running into problems when I try to use any programs that use ncurses or needs to display text in various forms to the terminal (such as a full-screen text editor). Does anyone know what configuration files/scripts or binaries I need to setup TERM=linux properly for editors such as CE (http://freshmeat.net/projects/ce/?topic_id=63) to work properly? ...

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    Default Configuring terminal properly for Linux boot floppy?

    I am using Linux in an environment where I need to be able to boot my
    custom kernel from a floppy disk and all the binaries/libraries needed
    must also fit on a floppy.

    I have the bootable floppy disk and it works fine but I am now running
    into problems when I try to use any programs that use ncurses or needs
    to display text in various forms to the terminal (such as a
    full-screen text editor).

    Does anyone know what configuration files/scripts or binaries I need
    to setup TERM=linux properly for editors such as CE
    (http://freshmeat.net/projects/ce/?topic_id=63) to work properly?

    I'm using a recent Linux 2.4.x kernel, with an INITRD and executing
    ash as my default shell when the floppy boots (I have also tried bash
    but same problems).

    So does anyone out there know what I need to add or run in order to
    get the terminal setup properly for this kind of editor to work?

    Thanks,
    Jeff.
    Jeff Guest

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    Default Re: Configuring terminal properly for Linux boot floppy?

    ["Followup-To:" header set to comp.os.linux.]
    On 15 Jan 2004 12:47:32 -0800, Jeff Gilchrist
    <com> wrote: 

    You probably need terminfo. Most Linux distributions include dozens of
    terminfo files, but you would just need /etc/terminfo/l/linux or
    /usr/share/terminfo/l/linux (on a typical Linux box, one might be a
    symlink to the other).

    --
    Absurd Procrustean Egghead Cornstarch Variant Bill Mar
    Bill Guest

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    Default Re: Configuring terminal properly for Linux boot floppy?

    Bill Mar <com.urgent> wrote in message news:<localnet>...
     

    Thanks Bill, much appreciated. That is exactly what I needed. I
    created a /usr/share/terminfo/l/linux on the floppy (1.5k file) and it
    worked perfectly after that.

    Best regards,
    Jeff.
    Jeff Guest

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