I’ve been an Ubuntu & Mint user for the past few years. I am not particularly focused on usability or community, but it is nice using an operating system where most of the kinks have been ironed out for me by the efforts of others.
Apparently the ubuntu packagers haven’t gotten around to bundling the
terminfo entry for rxvt-unicode into
the package itself, as they probably don’t think you need programs like
tmux. Rather, Ubuntu wants to to install yet another package,
which has no related dependencies. be sure to install the ncurses-term
package, which seems like a good idea anyways. And if you’d like to tell the
Ubuntu packagers that they should fix this, you can go check out this
This part is relatively easy, just install the
rxvt-unicode package and its
Setting up the environment
rxvt-unicode is done through the
file, which is the historic location of all X11 application data. Since it is
a grab-bag of a file, it is a little harder to find examples. However, I have
munged through a few and posted my end product in
If you take nothing else from this configuration, please change the default colors. Your eyes will thank me for it, since the blue will be legible.
Where From Here
By no means is this journey over. It turns out that my console is only supporting 88 colors, and that there are others who have had the same problem.