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Re: Zsh changes on Ubuntu

* Frank Terbeck (Mon, 19 May 2014 14:03:30 +0200)
> Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> > * Frank Terbeck (Sat, 17 May 2014 12:29:58 +0200)
> >> Since ubuntu is debian's downstream, I'm pretty sure this may be tied to
> >> a change in debian's global zshrc: In pre-5.x packages, debian used a
> >> rather broken approach trying to read escape sequences for special keys
> >> from the terminfo database.
> >> 
> >> Starting with the package for 5.0.0 and onward¹, that was fixed by
> >> setting the terminal zsh is running in into the correct mode for the
> >> values from terminfo to be applicable while zsh's line editor (ZLE) is
> >> running. This was done to make the setup work across as many different
> >> terminals as possible.
> [...]
> > "export DEBIAN_PREVENT_KEYBOARD_CHANGES=yes" in .zshenv did the 
> > trick.
> No need to export the parameter. No external process will need it, and
> zshenv is read for every zsh-instance, that also reads zshrc.
> Generally, I wouldn't advice people to set the parameter. Setting the
> terminal into "keyboard-transmit-mode" (which is what the smkx terminfo
> entry does) while the line editor is active is the right thing to do,
> IMNSHO. Otherwise, you can't rely on values from $terminfo to be
> correct. The parameter is really meant for people who know what they are
> doing.
> I'm just mentioning this for the innocent lurker, who might be wondering
> what we're on about. I don't know of your background and you might
> indeed know what you're doing. This is not meant to be offensive.

No, I don"t know what I'm doing with that parameter. As far as I can 
see it reverts the keyboard handling back to Ubuntu 12.04 so it can't 
be that dramatic. And not exporting the parameter doesn't work with 


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