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commit b9c199fd26e9545dfe91908d2b27a0fbd60d1481
parent 61cae6e6d29604641e7adcbd23061f706abc0bc0
Author: Aurélien Aptel <>
Date:   Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:24:00 +0200

"what's wrong with xterm?"
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diff --git a/ b/ @@ -1,5 +1,24 @@ st is a simple terminal implementation for X. +What is wrong with xterm? +------------------------- +xterm is bloated and unmaintainable. Here's an excerpt from the README: + + Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here + + + This is undoubtedly the most ugly program in the distribution. It was one of + the first "serious" programs ported, and still has a lot of historical baggage. + Ideally, there would be a general tty widget and then vt102 and tek4014 + subwidgets so that they could be used in other programs. We are trying to + clean things up as we go, but there is still a lot of work to do. + +Needless to say things have *not* changed, it's still ugly. +It has over 65K lines of code and emulates obscure and obsolete terminals +you will [never need]( +The popular alternative, rxvt has *only* 32K lines of code. This is just +too much for something as simple as a terminal emulator; it's yet another +example of code complexity. Links -----