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Re: cannot turn blink-cursor-mode off on the console

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: cannot turn blink-cursor-mode off on the console
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 16:53:45 -0700 (MST)

    On the Linux console, (blink-cursor-mode -1) has no effect -- the
    cursor keeps on blinking.

That's because the console as implemented by Linux is a text-only
terminal.  This command only works on graphics displays, because there
Emacs blinks the cursor itself.

It's possible that termcap and terminfo provide a way to enable
and disable cursor blinking.  If so, someone could perhaps make
blink-cursor-mode work on text-only terminals.  It doesn't seem
urgent but if someone implements it we could install it.

For now, I will update the command's documentation to say it does not
work on text-only terminals.

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