How to get terminal width?

Justin Sheehy dworkin at
Wed May 3 17:37:30 EDT 2000

Doug Stanfield <DOUGS at> writes:

> COLUMNS is there on my just installed Mandrake 7, a new Storm install, a Red
> Hat 5.2, 6.1, and a Mandrake 6.x.  In my world thats almost universal

In a world that contains other operating systems than Linux, or even
other distributions than the redhat-derived ones, that is a very long
way from universal.

"It runs on my Linux box" doesn't say a thing about portability.

Too many people seem to not realize this.



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