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What is the recommended terminal emulator in emacs to use ncurses applications? I use things like wicd-curses, cmake and other applications with rich ncurses interfaces and I am having trouble in finding an appropriate configuration where keyboard interaction works well and terminal content is not accidentally scrambled.

Thank you.

  • ansi-term is recommended. if something doesn't work it it you can write an emacs package to wrap a non-curses version of the tool (plain old wicd in this case) – user13193 Sep 2 '16 at 15:46
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ansi-term is a terminal emulator, and appears to work well enough to support ncurses applications.

There are some sticky issues with terminfo, particularly after sshing into remote systems, http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/AnsiTermHints#toc6 has discussion about this.

  • Thank you. ansi-term works ok for things like top and cmake, but not for wicd-curses. I don't understand what the difference is! – garjola Oct 28 '14 at 9:01
  • Not familiar with wicd-curses, I've used it with aptitude and it worked, but certainly didn't do an exhaustive test of ncurses apps under ansi-term. – dgtized Oct 28 '14 at 19:24

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