On Fri, 8 Apr 2005, Sean Porterfield wrote:

Also, unless you use 5250 menus or scrollbars, try running with +enhanced in your .tn5250rc - the results are much nicer. With the latest releases of tn5250 and x5250 everything should work with the above exceptions. Here are some screenshots of enhanced mode:

I don't think we have anything in our environment that would use enhanced mode (as I understand it.) The window borders do look much better, so I've added +enhanced to my tn5250rc.

Enhanced mode means the iSeries sends a CREATE WINDOW command instead of just sending window border attributes as part of the regular screen data. tn5250/x5250 now understands this command and creates a real X11 window. That's why they look better (imo). Enhanced mode also adds other things like cursor progression, continued fields, and word wrap.


I also remembered that I was still using x5250-0.4.6, so I got 0.4.8 today.

What happened to the colors? My normal green on black has become almost lime green on paste grey. I don't see any difference in my X5250 file, and running `make install` from my 0.4.8 directory fixes the colors.

'make install' will put a new X5250 resource file in /usr/local/share/x5250 (or whatever you passed to --prefix in configure). But the colors there are very standard. I think I changed the heirarchy of preferences since 0.4.6 and maybe I screwed up (I had to for some desktop systems like gnome). If x5250 isn't starting up with the resources you expect, start it with the --debug-resources option. This will cause it to print to stdout where it is finding its resources and which resources are set.


Drat, I just realized I have to go fix my keymapping too :(

Hopefully keymapping isn't too far away...

James Rich

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