Debian Bug report logs - #110226
xterm -version is not always honored

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Package: xterm; Maintainer for xterm is Debian X Strike Force <>; Source for xterm is src:xterm.

Reported by: Adam Heath <>

Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 03:48:01 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Tags: upstream

Found in version 4.0.3-4

Fixed in version xfree86/4.1.0-9

Done: Branden Robinson <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to, Branden Robinson <>:
Bug#110226; Package xterm. Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Adam Heath <>
To: <>
Subject: xterm -version is not always honored
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 22:39:06 -0500 (CDT)
package: xterm
version: 4.0.3-4

bash-2.05$ /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm -fn 8x13 -aw -bdc -version
/usr/X11R6/bin/xterm:  bad command line option "-version"

usage:  /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm [-version] [-help] [-display displayname]

bash-2.05$ /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm -fn 8x13 -aw -bdc -help
XFree86 4.0.1h(149) usage:
    /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm [-options ...] [-e command args]

where options include:

Shouldn't -version always function, just like -help always does?

Information forwarded to, Branden Robinson <>:
Bug#110226; Package xterm. Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 17:36:50 -0400
I'd downgrade this to wishlist (otherwise we'll get into a discussion about
whether xterm should honor both -h and -v in the same command).

                       Debian Bug report logs - #110226
>                     xterm -version is not always honored
>   Package:  xterm;  ;Reported  by: Adam Heath <>; dated
>   Mon,  27  Aug  2001  03:48:01  UTC;  Maintainer  for  xterm is Branden
>   Robinson <>.
Thomas E. Dickey <>

Severity set to `wishlist'. Request was from Branden Robinson <> to Full text and rfc822 format available.

Tags added: upstream Request was from Branden Robinson <> to Full text and rfc822 format available.

Information forwarded to, Branden Robinson <>:
Bug#110226; Package xterm. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to (Thomas Dickey):
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Branden Robinson <>. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #19 received at (full text, mbox):

From: (Thomas Dickey)
Cc: (Thomas Dickey)
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 20:24:45 -0400
this is fixed in xterm patch #162.

                       Debian Bug report logs - #110226
>                     xterm -version is not always honored
Thomas E. Dickey <>

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Message #24 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Branden Robinson <>
Subject: Bug#110226: fixed in xfree86 4.1.0-9
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 15:12:57 -0400
We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
xfree86, which has been installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libdps1_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfree86_4.1.0-9.diff.gz
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfwp_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfree86-common_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-base-transcoded_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xserver-xfree86_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xnest_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-100dpi_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xutils_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libdps1-dbg_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-75dpi-transcoded_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xdm_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibosmesa-dev_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlib6g_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libxaw6_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libxaw6-dbg_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xprt_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibs-dev_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xvfb_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libxaw7-dev_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xspecs_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/lbxproxy_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-base_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-100dpi-transcoded_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibosmesa3_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libxaw7_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibs_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibmesa-dev_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xterm_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-pex_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibs-dbg_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libdps-dev_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-75dpi_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libxaw7-dbg_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/x-window-system-core_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibmesa3_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/libxaw6-dev_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-cyrillic_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfs_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibmesa3-dbg_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xserver-common_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/proxymngr_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlibosmesa3-dbg_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfonts-scalable_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xmh_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xbase-clients_4.1.0-9_i386.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xfree86_4.1.0-9.dsc
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/x-window-system_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/xlib6g-dev_4.1.0-9_all.deb
  to pool/main/x/xfree86/twm_4.1.0-9_i386.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Branden Robinson <> (supplier of updated xfree86 package)

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Format: 1.7
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 08:09:08 -0500
Source: xfree86
Binary: xserver-common xlibs-dev xfs xfree86-common xfonts-pex x-window-system xlibmesa-dev xspecs xlibmesa3 xfonts-cyrillic xlibmesa3-dbg xserver-xfree86 xlibs-dbg libxaw6 libxaw7 xterm xvfb xfonts-scalable xfonts-75dpi xlib6g proxymngr libxaw6-dev libdps1-dbg xlib6g-dev xfonts-base xutils libxaw7-dev xnest xlibs libxaw6-dbg xmh lbxproxy libxaw7-dbg xfonts-base-transcoded xbase-clients xprt xlibosmesa3 x-window-system-core xlibosmesa-dev twm xfwp xfonts-100dpi-transcoded xlibosmesa3-dbg xfonts-100dpi xdm libdps-dev xfonts-75dpi-transcoded libdps1
Architecture: source all i386
Version: 4.1.0-9
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Branden Robinson <>
Changed-By: Branden Robinson <>
 lbxproxy   - Low Bandwidth X (LBX) proxy server
 libdps-dev - Display PostScript (DPS) client library development files
 libdps1    - Display PostScript (DPS) client library
 libdps1-dbg - Display PostScript (DPS) client library (unstripped)
 libxaw6    - X Athena widget set library (version 6)
 libxaw6-dbg - X Athena widget set library (version 6) (unstripped)
 libxaw6-dev - X Athena widget set library development files (version 6)
 libxaw7    - X Athena widget set library
 libxaw7-dbg - X Athena widget set library (unstripped)
 libxaw7-dev - X Athena widget set library development files
 proxymngr  - X proxy services manager
 twm        - Tab window manager
 x-window-system - X Window System
 x-window-system-core - X Window System core components
 xbase-clients - miscellaneous X clients
 xdm        - X display manager
 xfonts-100dpi - 100 dpi fonts for X
 xfonts-100dpi-transcoded - 100 dpi fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10646-1)
 xfonts-75dpi - 75 dpi fonts for X
 xfonts-75dpi-transcoded - 75 dpi fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10646-1)
 xfonts-base - standard fonts for X
 xfonts-base-transcoded - standard fonts for X (transcoded from ISO 10646-1)
 xfonts-cyrillic - Cyrillic fonts for X
 xfonts-pex - fonts for minimal PEX support in X
 xfonts-scalable - scalable fonts for X
 xfree86-common - X Window System (XFree86) infrastructure
 xfs        - X font server
 xfwp       - X firewall proxy server
 xlib6g     - pseudopackage providing X libraries
 xlib6g-dev - pseudopackage providing X library development files
 xlibmesa-dev - XFree86 version of Mesa 3D graphics library development files
 xlibmesa3  - XFree86 version of Mesa 3D graphics library
 xlibmesa3-dbg - XFree86 version of Mesa 3D graphics library (unstripped)
 xlibosmesa-dev - Mesa/XFree86 offscreen rendering library development files
 xlibosmesa3 - Mesa/XFree86 offscreen rendering library
 xlibosmesa3-dbg - Mesa/XFree86 offscreen rendering library (unstripped)
 xlibs      - X Window System client libraries
 xlibs-dbg  - X Window System client libraries (unstripped)
 xlibs-dev  - X Window System client library development files
 xmh        - X interface to the MH mail system
 xnest      - nested X server
 xprt       - X print server
 xserver-common - files and utilities common to all X servers
 xserver-xfree86 - the XFree86 X server
 xspecs     - X protocol, extension, and library technical specifications
 xterm      - X terminal emulator
 xutils     - X Window System utility programs
 xvfb       - virtual framebuffer X server
Closes: 25362 37039 87611 105934 105967 110226 115161 116213 116297 116447 116455 116458 116460 116499 116508 116562 116574 116615 116818
 xfree86 (4.1.0-9) unstable; urgency=low
   * the "Wise Lord Ahura-Mazda, Hear My Prayer" release
   * patch #000_stolen_from_HEAD_xterm: xterm patch #162
     + correct logic that processes class option, so that a following -e option
       is handled (Debian #116297).
     + improve options-decoding to allow -version and -help options to be
       combined (Debian #110226).
     + add a 10 millisecond delay in event loop when processing -hold option,
       to avoid using too much CPU time (Debian #116213).
     - (Closes: #110226, #116213, #116297)
   * patch #001:
     - force building of GLX and GLU libraries on all Debian systems
     - allow building of GLX library without PIC symbols on Alpha, ARM, and
       SPARC as well as i386
   * patch #036: fix to imake.c to correct C library version detection on
     hppa; tested and works on hppa,i386,m68k,powerpc,sparc (thanks, Ben
     Collins) (Closes: #105934)
   * patch #037: recognize ATI Rage Pro 128 "PP" chips (Mike A. Harris)
   * patch #038: twm needs to be aware of POSIX getenv() semantics (Chris Bare)
   * patch #039: fix references to app-defaults directory in manpages
     (groundwork laid and xterm fixed by Thomas Dickey) (Closes: #87611)
   * patch #040: improved keysym description in xmodmap manpage (thanks,
     Jonathan Amery) (Closes: #105967)
   * patch #041: add prototype for XShmGetEventBase() to XShm.h
     (Closes: #37039)
   * patch #042: correction to XtSetKeyboardFocus() manpage (Closes: #25362)
   * patch #043: fix a mismatch between the XF86VidMode manpage and its header
     file, reference new XF86VidMode functions and structures in manpage, and
     install manpage aliases for new functions; however, I did not document how
     to *use* the new functions since I haven't written any code using this
     extension (Closes: #116499)
   * patch #044: fix markup error in XtFindFile() manpage (thanks, Jochen Voss)
     (Closes: #116615)
   * patch #907: resynced with #039
   * debian/MANIFEST.hppa: updated to reflect fixes to patch #001
   * debian/MANIFEST.*: (all but s390) updated to reflect new XF86VidMode*
   * debian/control:
     - bumped versioned dependencies on debconf to >> 0.5, except in the case
       of xserver-common, which needs >= 1.0.16 due to a bugfix in debconf
     - mention in xserver-xfree86's extended description that loadable server
       module support is not available on hppa
     - add ia64 to architecture list for xlibosmesa-dev (shame on me)
   * debian/local/README.Debian-upgrade: xmh was resurrected from death; do not
     list it as nonexistent (Closes: #116562)
   * debian/local/Xsession.5: remove reference to "allow-user-xmodmap" from
     example code (Closes: #115161, #116818)
   * debian/xbase-clients.templates.pt_BR: added Brazilian Portuguese
     translation (thanks, Andre Luis Lopes) (Closes: #116447)
   * debian/xdm.config:
     - migrate from "isdefault" to "seen"
     - remove the default display manager file if the user changes his answer
       to the question (instead of only if the new choice is the same as the
       current package)
   * debian/xdm/ if the default display manager file does not
     exist, write it with the name of the daemon of the selected display
     manager, if it isn't ours
   * debian/
     - migrate from "isdefault" to "seen"
     - remove the default display manager file if it currently references the
       display manager that is being removed, then write it if it does not
       exist after the user has answered the question
   * debian/xdm.templates: add xdm/daemon_name template; this is for internal
     use only and does not require translation
   * debian/xdm.templates.pt_BR: added Brazilian Portuguese translation
     (thanks, Andre Luis Lopes) (Closes: #116455)
   * debian/xfs.templates.pt_BR: added Brazilian Portuguese translation
     (thanks, Andre Luis Lopes) (Closes: #116458)
   * debian/xlibmesa3.templates.pt_BR: added Brazilian Portuguese translation
     (thanks, Andre Luis Lopes) (Closes: #116460)
   * debian/xlibs-dev.files: ship new XF86VidMode* manpages
   * debian/xserver-common.config:
     - migrate from "isdefault" to "seen"
     - uncomment code that tickled horrible, horrible bug in debconf 0.3.83
       (see change to debian/control above)
   * debian/xserver-common.templates.pt_BR: updated Brazilian Portuguese
     translation (thanks, Andre Luis Lopes) (Closes: #116508)
   * debian/ migrate from "isdefault" to "seen"
   * debian/xserver-xfree86.templates.pt_BR: updated Brazilian Portuguese
     translation (thanks, Andre Luis Lopes) (Closes: #116574)
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