VTE Failed to load terminal capabilities from /etc/termcap

killermoehre killermoehre at gmx.net
Tue Oct 7 18:39:51 CEST 2014

Am 07.10.2014 um 18:29 schrieb Victor Rodriguez:
> HI
> I am really new on XFEC , this is my first time I build XFCE from source
> code ( included Xorg ) .
> At the end when I was so happy to finally work on OS build by my self I
> get this error:
> VTE Failed to load terminal capabilities from /etc/termcap
> I found the termcap rpm from red hat ( really old version ) installed
> and work like a charm. The RPM only provides that specific file and it
> works just fine. However I dont think is the best solution since termcap
> is a really old feature, what about terminfo ?
> I am using VT 0.28 ( since I only have GTK 2)
> Should I change something on the way I compile VTE or XFCE terminal ?
> Thanks a lot for all your help and regards
> Victor Rodriguez
Hello Rodriguez,

funny that you come up with this, it was a topic today in #xfce at freenode. The problem is within libvte and is already fixed in the master branch of it, but there won't be any backporting. See https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=728900
To get rid of the error message, go into the xfce4-terminal settings → compatibility → emulation and set this to "xterm".


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