This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating
systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
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OSR5 uses the IBM characters set by default. Try
mapchan -n. If that cures the problem, comment out the
appropriate line in /etc/rc.d/6/kinit - and make sure you
make a note of this change so that you can remake it, if necessary,
after a future upgrade.
Bela Lubkin offered a slightly longer explanation:
(as explained by Bela)
SCO added a new alias for the console terminal emulation. The old
one, "ansi", is still recognized. However, the new one, "scoansi",
is used by default. There is no difference in the two terminal
descriptions as long as your application uses the standard sources
of terminal information: termcap (/etc/termcap) and terminfo
However, many older applications are shipped with their own private
terminal files. For instance, SCO FoxPlus comes with
/usr/lib/foxplus/termcap. These private terminal descriptions are
usually a superset of the normal information, plus other stuff that
the application may use for its own purposes.
Your problem is probably happening because your application
provides its own termcap file with added information about line
drawing. When the console terminal was called "ansi", the app
looked up "ansi" in its private termcap and found out how to draw
nice lines. Now that the console is called "scoansi", it looks that
up and doesn't find it, so it falls back to the OS's public
terminal description. That description actually *does* say how to
draw nice boxes, but perhaps not in the same language that the
application is expecting.
Solution: the easiest one is to just call your console terminals
"ansi". You can do that by editing the console entries in
/etc/ttytype. Next easiest: find the app's private terminal
database and teach it that "scoansi" is the same as "ansi".
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