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Use other terminal apps with Apple's X11
Authored by: Pausanias on Aug 26, '04 05:30:02PM
Like others have said, it is much better to edit your .xinitrc than to replace the xterm binary.

However, there is another disadvantage to using iTerm, which is that you cannot take advantage of quartz-wm's ability to have the focus follow the mouse. Like Terminal, you have to click on each iTerm to make it active... fine if you're used to it, uncomfortable if you're not.

Finally, having used iTerm, I have to say that I've had stability problems with it. It's crashed for me in Panther several times.

If you're looking for an Xterm replacement, you could try eterm. It supports tabbing, but you have to compile eterm yourself (using the standard "./configure; make; sudo make install" routine). Or, try /usr/bin/screen (comes already installed on your mac). It's a steep learning curve, but once you're hooked on it, it's as good or better than any tabbed terminal. If it's fancy effects you're looking for (like transparency), try aterm via fink: "fink install aterm." All these programs run natively on X and so can support focus-follows mouse.

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Use other terminal apps with Apple's X11
Authored by: learner on Aug 27, '04 06:26:11PM

Actually, you can use focus-follow-mouse with iTerm. I'm using iTerm ver 0.8.0 under OS X 10.3.5 and it works great. Just go to preferences and select "Focus follow mouse".

I haven't had any problems with stability. Never crashed once...

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