TERM enviroment variable not set

Bug #651578 reported by Francesco Mosca on 2010-09-29
This bug affects 3 people
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roxterm (Debian)
roxterm (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: roxterm

in maverick, since last update (1.18.5-2ubuntu1_amd64) the TERM env variable isn't set anymore, even if 'xterm' is specified in the profile settings.

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Tony Houghton (h-realh) wrote :

Can you let me know whether any of the other variables roxterm is supposed to set/modify are working? They are:


David Zanetti (dave2-wetstring) wrote :

I also see this bug. The other variables mentioned appear to be fine, just TERM reporting as "dumb".

Version: 1.18.5-2ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64

Martin Jackson (mhjacks) wrote :

I see this too.

This causes some serious issues with my zshrc, as it uses terminfo settings to bind keys - not having TERM set causes zshrc to error out.

My symptoms seem identical to David Zanetti's above - the other settings are set, but not TERM. Even when I set TERM to something other than xterm (e.g. xterm-color) roxterm doesn't set it:

env | grep -i rox
mjackson@anduril ~ %

Tony Houghton (h-realh) wrote :

Strangely I could only reproduce this by running Maverick's binary in the UNR beta. If I compiled it myself from the deb source, even without changing anything, TERM got set correctly.

I did spot a fault in the code though, which is probably responsible. Patch attached.

Martin Jackson (mhjacks) wrote :

FYI - workaround is to set TERM manually.

I do this in /etc/zshrc like so (same code should work in bash or other bourne-style shells):

if [ ! "$TERM" ]; then
        export TERM=xterm

Tony Houghton (h-realh) wrote :

I think there are more problems besides 621927. I've still been having problems even after applying the env_replace patch. It's almost impossible to debug because it only affects packaged versions when run via the desktop file. If I try to run it from another shell or recompile it independently of the packaging and symlink that to /usr/bin the bug magically disappears.

I noticed that vte_terminal_form_command() is deprecated for vte_terminal_fork_command_full() so I started using that and if I rebuild 1.18.5 with this change I don't get the problem so I hope this fixes it, but I have my doubts :-(.

I've made the patch so that it can just be added with quilt after env_replace. It has to change configure and config.h.in for this to work (adding to my difficulties!).

Tony Houghton (h-realh) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package roxterm - 1.18.5-3ubuntu1

roxterm (1.18.5-3ubuntu1) natty; urgency=low

  * Merge from debian unstable (LP: #665583). Remaining changes:
    - Add patch by Tony Houghton to use vte accessor functions
  * debian/patches/fork_full: Add patch by Tony Houghton to use
    vte_terminal_fork_command full if possible
  * debian/patches/vte_accessors: Refresh patch

roxterm (1.18.5-3) unstable; urgency=low

  * Fix setting of env variables (Closes: #598971) (LP: #651578)
 -- Angel Abad <email address hidden> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:35:29 +0200

Changed in roxterm (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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