Copyright © 2013,2014 by Thomas E. Dickey

VTTEST – Examples of VT100/non-VT100 wrapping



Example of XTerm

Here is an example using color which I may expand into a similar comparison.
For now, black/white is enough for a demonstration.

Example of XTerm using color


Example of FreeBSD console


The wrapping works, but there is a different problem.
It seems that the scrolling margins (or origin mode) require some attention.

Example of Linux console


Note the similarity to Linux console.

Example of NetBSD console


KTerm is a fork from X Consortium xterm.

Example of kterm


Mlterm is developed independently of xterm.

Example of mlterm


This has the same issue as Linux console.
However, it is still in its early stages of development, and may yet be fixed.

Example of st-0.4

Not VT100

See the XTerm FAQ for additional comments about line-wrapping.


Oddly enough (OpenBSD started from the same source as NetBSD), the test fails.

Example of OpenBSD

KDE Konsole

Konsole differs from VTE; it behaves like PuTTY.
PuTTY appears to have been developed earlier than Konsole;
in turn it was originally influenced by SCO consoles.

Example of KDE Konsole

PuTTY (pterm)

Example of pterm


There are several programs (actually "skins") using the VTE widget.
Here are some examples from my Debian/testing or Fedora machines.
Since all of the terminal emulation is done in VTE, there is little difference in the essentials.

Considering timeframe and similarities, it is likely that VTE's behavior was copied from rxvt.


Old and new versions of rxvt behave the same; its divergence from VT100 is old and well-established.

Example of rxvt


Some programs (call them terminal multiplexers, or whatever—categorizing mosh is awkward), run inside a terminal emulator to enhance its capabilities.

The figures illustrate the point that these programs are not true terminal emulators, since they do not perform enough of the required functionality.

I have provided illustrations with VTE and xterm, to show the differences.


This shows mosh running in VTE.
See that mosh does not alter the VTE behavior.

Example of mosh in VTE

This shows mosh running in xterm.
See that mosh does not alter the XTerm behavior.

Example of mosh in xterm


This shows screen running in VTE.
Compare with VTE, and note similarity and difference.
Compare with rxvt and note similarities.

Example of screen in VTE

This shows screen running in xterm.
Compare with VTE, and note differences.

Example of screen in xterm


This shows tmux running in VTE.

Example of tmux in VTE

This shows tmux running in xterm.

Example of tmux in xterm