[TUHS] First CRT terminal on Unix?

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Thu Nov 23 03:55:36 AEST 2017

On 22 November 2017 at 11:42, Ben Greenfield via TUHS <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org>

> > On Nov 22, 2017, at 11:33 AM, Random832 <random832 at fastmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > As far as I know (and I've gone looking for this specifically, oddly
> > enough, out of idle curiosity), no version of termcap/terminfo has
> > contained a description for the VT05.
> For those who are reading about this as history and didn’t live it this
> experience this statement needs more background.
> I will look up the VT05, but hope that you may add some to color as to
> this stands out.

In short: the VT05 was DEC's first video terminal, from the early '70s, and
would have presumably been in use at some installations that used early
Unix.  My guess - and this is entirely a guess - is that it had been
entirely supplanted by the VT52 and friends by the time Unix gained
widespread popularity.

There is a pretty good overview of the VT05 at
https://vt100.net/dec/vt05.html and
http://terminals-wiki.org/wiki/index.php/DEC_VT05 has a plethora of

I have no idea why there are no termcap/terminfo entries for the VT05.
stty in BSD as early as 2.79 understands "vt05" as a settings argument, but
it's not clear to me what you would use for $TERM.

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