Synchronet now requires the libarchive development package (e.g. libarchive-dev on Debian-based Linux distros, libarchive.org for more info) to build successfully.

Commit 87731220 authored by Rob Swindell's avatar Rob Swindell 💬

New @-code: !x to perform Ctrl-A style terminal/attribute control

Most Ctrl-A code terminal/attribute effects can now be invoked via @!x@ where x is one or more Ctrl-A sequence operands (e.g. @!B@ to set the current attribute to blue, @!P@ to pause the terminal). Multiple attribute codes may be specified in a single @!x@ sequence. Both upper and lowercase attribute codes are supported. The "^A@" sequence is not supported, but there's already an @-code to perform the equivalent operation ("SHOW:20").

Rationale: when using PabloDraw to edit display (e.g. .msg) files, there was no easy way to explicitly clear (set to "normal") the current attributes at the end of a line of text. If that line of text contained a background color and the line caused the terminal to scroll, that background color would fill the next/new line resulting in some potential undesirable effects. There are 2 common solutions to this problem: either clear the screen before displaying the file (not always desirable) or clear the attributes at the end of the line (before the CR/LF). This can now be achieved by adding a @!N@ (the equivalent of Ctrl-AN for "normal" attributes) to the end of a line. There's no way to insert custom Ctrl-A sequences or other way to force PabloDraw to clear the attributes at the end of a line, that I found.

I chose the '!' character because it's (on my keyboard anyway) the Shift-1 key and Ctrl-A is ASCII 1. I considered a sequence such as @A:x@, but that's one more character and since this sequence usually won't display anything, a shorter sequence is likely preferred. For the shortest-possible sequence, use Ctrl-A sequences instead. However, for many consecutive Ctrl-A sequences, the @-code equivalent might actually end up being shorter(!). @-codes aren't support in as many places in Synchronet where Ctrl-A codes are supported (for security reasons), so it's not like this is going to replace the use of Ctrl-A codes everywhere.
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