konsole cutting off half the screen with any program that uses ncurses

Tim Edwards tkedwards at fastmail.com.au
Fri Jul 1 12:45:44 BST 2011

On Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:21 +0000, "Duncan" <1i5t5.duncan at cox.net> wrote:
> Tim Edwards posted on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:11:27 +0200 as excerpted:
> > I'm having a problem where konsole will not use the bottom half of the
> > terminal window when any program with an ncurses UI is being run within
> > it.
> > This is best explained with a screenshot:
> > http://paste.opensuse.org/images/55180558.png
> > 
> > The applications I've tried so far which show the problem are vim, less,
> > ncftp, GNU screen and links.
> > 
> > The distro is Opensuse 11.4 with KDE 4.6.0 and all updates applied from
> > the opensuse update repo. The machine is a Virtualbox VM.
> > 
> > Can anyone here help with this?
> That is almost certainly KDE bug #176902.  Multiple tabs, check.  24 
> lines instead of 40, check.
> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=176902
> Also:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=477359
> https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=357945
> At least Gentoo (what I run) recently patched it, the reason the bug is 
> fresh in my mind as I saw it in a gentoo konsole package changelog entry 
> dated June 19th.
> There's a couple workarounds available while you're waiting for the patch 
> to hit your distro:
> One is to arrange for the konsole size to be something other than the 
> default 80x40 when it starts.  You can do this by either checking that 
> the save window size and position checkbox found on the general tab of 
> the profile settings is checked, and resizing to something than the 
> default 80x40 chars size, then quitting, or by using kwin's window rules 
> (what I had done, the reason I never noticed the bug here).

Thanks, done that now and I think it's a good workaround until the
bugfix gets out.

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