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Release notes for Eterm Development Release 0.8
Software Requirements
- The usual X11R6 stuff
- Rasterman's Imlib and the libraries it needs. Visit for more information.
- Even though Eterm works with any window manager, you just might get extra
fancies by using the Enlightenment window manager from Rasterman and
Mandrake - for more information. Now go see
what your desktop can look like with E. :) -vendu
Documentation to read
- The FAQ at
- Run "Eterm -h" - you'll see the command line options.
ATTENTION! Active Tags Warning!
NOTE: It looks like the latest resize-crashes happen in the active tags
code. We'll try to get this fixed as soon as possible. Until then, if you
want to use tags, you may want to see the FIXME notes in screen.c for what
NULL pointer checks to remove.
Preliminary support for active tags by Nat Friedman has been added.
Thanks, Nat :) ( for more info)
This will definitely need more work :) Sorry if it's buggy (I'd expect it
to be >:). -vendu
Building Eterm 0.8
From the toplevel Eterm source tree directory:
With better optimization flags
- For gcc and older: make "CFLAGS=-O2 -fno-strength-reduce"
- For Intel-based platforms with new gcc compilers: make "CFLAGS=-O2 -m486"
- For Intel-based platforms with new gcc compilers, more optimization:
make "CFLAGS=-O3 -m486 -malign-loops=2 -malign-jumps=2 -malign-functions=2"
- For Pentium machines with egcs or pgcc:
make "CFLAGS=-O6 -mpentium -malign-loops=2 -malign-jumps=2 -malign-functions=2"
- Eterm seems to compile OK with pgcc 1.0.1. DEFINITELY use the -malign
flags, they seem to speed things up quite considerably for Pentium
processors :)
Installing Eterm
After performing the build step above, run:
make install
Standard Disclaimer
The authors don't take any responsibility for any damage this program
may do. We are doing this in our spare time. If you don't like this
program, don't use it.
Eterm is based on rxvt 2.21. This development release of Eterm
has been hacked together by Tuomo Venalainen (
and Michael Jennings ( Thanks to Rasterman
(aka Carsten Haitzler) and Michael Kellen, as well as to all the
other people who have provided patches. Thanks to all regulars
from the #E IRC channel for helping us test Eterm.
The development of Eterm will be continued. The sources need to be
converted into human-readable format ;-). More features will be added
as well. We'll continue cleaning up and patching the sources to make
Eterm more robust, secure and portable.
NOTE: Support for libXpm was dropped off in DR 0.3. Imlib does a much
better job at loading and scaling the background pixmaps. And hey,
it's Eterm, ya know :-)
Future Plans
There will be minimal further development on this incarnation of Eterm.
We have begun Project Resurrection, which is a complete rewrite of Eterm
with a completely different philosophy of design. Please visit for more information.
- In case you need utmp support, you'll have to run Eterm "setuid root"
As root, do: "chmod 4755 Eterm" Make SURE the Eterm binary is owned by
user=root, group=root (on BSD, i think it should be group=wheel):
1. chown root.root Eterm
2. (BSD) chown root.wheel Eterm
Note that in this version, utmp support will be turned on automagically
only on Linux and FreeBSD. If you want to try it on other platforms,
add -DUTMP_SUPPORT to your compilation flags. An example:
- The only fonts I know that will display ANSI art correctly are Raster's
nexus and vga;
- If you want to use colorful ANSI prompts (at least bash can show them),
make sure to make them end with a new line character ('\n')>
Development Notes
- ATTENTION! Ignore warnings like this:
options.c:1454: warning: unsigned int format, long unsigned int arg (arg 3)
- type casting or otherwise screwing around can break text colors bad :)
- The sources don't compile with the GCC profiling flag (-gp) yet;
- See feature.h;
- In case you have problems, try commenting out #define NDEBUG in feature.h:
/* #define NDEBUG */
E-n-Joy! ;-) -- vendu & mej