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JoshStrobl closed this task as Resolved.EditedOct 21 2016, 4:10 PM
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We already expose xterm support / emulation via gnome-terminal

pmos69 added a subscriber: pmos69.Dec 29 2017, 11:07 AM

Check Point mobile access VPN has a specific requirement for xterm.
https://supportcenter.checkpoint.com/supportcenter/portal?eventSubmit_doGoviewsolutiondetails=&solutionid=sk119772

Can this be reconsidered?

Almost every other standard desktop distro has xterm because they all have or use X. Not everyone uses gnome, which gnome-terminal is specific to. If I'm writing something that requires an external terminal, it's using xterm, not gnome-terminal. As it sits only Solus users have a problem with my Warframe updater, because it uses xterm to launch the game seperately before closing the terminal. I am not going to change it and make everyone on another distro install gnome-terminal simply because Solus doesn't have xterm. To put this into perspective installing gnome-terminal on Kubuntu requires 15 additional dependencies, including parts of Nautilus

This should really be re-considered.

Almost every other standard desktop distro has xterm because they all have or use X. Not everyone uses gnome, which gnome-terminal is specific to. If I'm writing something that requires an external terminal, it's using xterm, not gnome-terminal. As it sits only Solus users have a problem with my Warframe updater, because it uses xterm to launch the game seperately before closing the terminal. I am not going to change it and make everyone on another distro install gnome-terminal simply because Solus doesn't have xterm. To put this into perspective installing gnome-terminal on Kubuntu requires 15 additional dependencies, including parts of Nautilus
This should really be re-considered.

As a Solus user I would highly appreciate some support for this. I've tried working around it with Nix because it has xterm in its packages but I was unfortunately unable to get Nix operating effectively on the OS. I would really enjoy the support for this because I do want to play Warframe but I'm not overly ecstatic to have to install another distro to play it because I support Solus so much.

I've found that some functions of gsmartctl is relying on 'xterm'. This application is part of the official Solus repository. I don't know how many other applications are in the repo, that relies on xterm as well, and what is the best way to deal with this situation.

Should we make a symlink to gnome-terminal for xterm? Is xterm such a bad thing to have in the repository? What do you, @JoshStrobl and the guys think about this and about what @GloriousEggroll said ?

I also just run into a dependency issue on xterm while trying to use The FinalKey hardware password store with Solus. It's not possible to simply replace xterm with gnome-terminal because their CLI options are not compatible.

Can it be considered to be added or at least provide an update why not?