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problems with $WATCH / $WATCHFMT

i have recently (till this morning) been using zsh version 2.6 beta10, 
on the following setups:

 linux (486)
 hppa (hpux 9.05) 9000/715
 dec alpha osf/1 v3.x

now, (as of this afternoon) i have been using zsh version 2.6 beta12, on 
the same platforms.

all of the following apply to both beta10 and beta12 flavours....

i have recently discovered the following features:

export WATCH=all
export WATCHFMT="%n has %a %l from %m @ %T."
export LOGCHECK=1

however there seems to be a discrepency between the information (time)
displayed in identical xterms that display login/out info on the same 
machine, about users.

essentially, i have many xterms on my screen at once - but i only really 
work in two or three of them through the day.

in those xterms that i work in - sometimes when i press return (every few 
minutes), the screen displays various peoples id's tty's and login times.

in those xterms that i dont work in very often - nothing happens until i 
press return every so often (ie every couple of hours); in these xterms - 
when i get the very similar login/out information as the other xterms - 
its great - except for the fact that the login/out times are effectively 
(plus/minus a minute) the time of day when i pressed return in that 
xterm/shell on that machine.

is this a [bug|feature|error-on-my-part] ?

ok - here's a wish for zsh ....

is there any way of getting these login/out pieces of information to 
auto-interrupt my shell - without me having to press return before it 
displays the information? - say by setting an environemnt variable.

[ie similar action to biff command -> if biff is active, it will auto 
interrupt my application etc and inform me of new mail, and the first 
few lines of the mail/ if biff is inactive then it wont]

ok thats the first problem over with ...

the second problem is the one about installing zsh on dec alpha running 
osf/1 v3.x ....

after reading the FAQ and doing as it says about copying ypclnt.h and 
altering the yp_all() signature's third parameter; i still get errors 
concerning the zle_tricky.c call to yp_all();

i eventually altered the call from within zle_tricky.c ....
    yp_all(domain, PASSWD_MAP, &cb);
    yp_all(domain, PASSWD_MAP, cb);

it compiles and runs ok now. i havent tested it fully.
( - but it hasnt crashed as yet...)

is the change i made valid/correct?


any help on these matters would be most appreciated.

keep up the good work.


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