TERM variable TERM=linux
Thought I'd post my experience with the TERM variable for those i see posting bug reports regarding problems using TERM=linux
I have applications that use the screen indexing and draw upon termcap or terminfo to produce the rioght cursor command codes for different screens.
Sometimes when a new distribution comes out the cursor driven program loses control of the screen. Orginally the cursor control worked with TERM=xterm under RedHat and after experimenting with many possible TERM assignments I found that TERM=linux worked.
Upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04 using export TERM=linux went haywire. The terminfo directories did not have an entry for linux but did have linux-basic and so far export TERM=linux-basic seems to work for me.
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