Lightweight terminal emulator?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Thu Sep 15 05:56:12 UTC 2005

On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 05:00:36 +0000 (UTC)
Grant Edwards <grante at> wrote:

> On 2005-09-15, João Cruz <jalrnc at> wrote:
> > Yep, xterm/UTF-8 works for me as well.
> I'll give it a try, but if that Athena scrollbar that drove me
> away from xterm 10+ years ago is still there...
> [I have to admit that in it's time, the Tek 4014 emulation was
> pretty cool.  Of course if you'd never actually used a
> Tektronix 4000 series storage-tube graphics terminal, it
> probably just seemed rather dumb.]

Not sure if this will be what you are looking for, but after having issues with aterm myself I discovered the urxvt terminal emulator. It is in the package 


It appears to have most of the same options as aterm, but is utf-8 compliant. One little quirk, which may or may not be important to you, is that new instances don't increment utmp and thus don't show up in "who" or "w" output. If you change it thus:

$ sudo chown root:utmp /usr/bin/urxvt
$ sudo chmod g+s /usr/bin/urxvt

you get

-rwxr-sr-x  1 root utmp 180776 2005-03-21 21:51 /usr/bin/urxvt

Then it behaves like aterm in this respect.



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