OK, so the null bytes are correct for vt100 and should've always been there, and the fact that they've suddenly showed up in FreeBSD 6.3 is basically a feature.
Setting NCURSES_NO_PADDING has no effect, so 'ls' apparently does just use termcap features. Following Dan Nelson's advice to switch TERM to xterm-color only changes the behavior slightly: rather than getting 2 trailing ESC[m sequences followed by 8 null bytes, I get 1 ESC[m followed by a single 0x0F byte, which shows up as "^O" when piped through less. After reading a bit more about ANSI codes at http://bjh21.me.uk/all-escapes/all-escapes.txt, I see that the trailing codes are just variations on a 'reset' theme. ESC[36m = cyan text ESC[39;49m = default text; default background ESC[m = same as ESC[0m ESC[0m = default rendition, canceling any preceding ESC[<foo>m ESC[0m;10m = default rendition; default font Ctrl-O in xterm = string command/capability 'ae' ('End alternative character set') Now, I thought I'd try terminal type 'linux' as well. This changes things a bit: I now get ESC[0;10m at the end, which means reset to default rendition, with the default font. It has no padding bytes or odd control chars, so I can use this with 'less -R'. In summary, 'ls -dG Mail | less' yields the following: with TERM=vt100-color ESC[36mMailESC[39;[EMAIL PROTECTED]@[EMAIL PROTECTED]@[EMAIL PROTECTED]@[EMAIL PROTECTED]@ with TERM=xterm-color (or just xterm; they're aliases): ESC[36mMailESC[39;49mESC[m^O with TERM=linux: ESC[36mMailESC[39;49mESC[0;10m So I guess as long as I use 'less -R', which is the only way to reliably use 'less' to page ANSI color output, I'm going to have to use TERM=linux, or else add another pipe to filter out the offending characters, like 'tr -d "\000"'. I think I'm going to opt for the latter, for now, because I seem to recall some weirdness with SecureCRT's linux emulation. Thanks for the speculation and assistance! You got me on the right track. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"