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Old 01-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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A question about why this would happen...

At my work I login to several servers performing system admin tasks. However, sometimes I notice weird things.

1. When I use vi, I scroll down with "j" and sometimes the screen cuts off, or only displays what was on top and does not update until I redraw the screen.

2. When using lynx, I use the control arrows on the keyboard but the selection cursor doesn't seem to move at all. I just get the weird scheme for each keystroke "^[0B" or whatever it is down at the bottom. If I know how many times to move the cursor I move it and hit enter and I can get the new url.

Is this a problem with the TERM? Does simply setting (assuming bash)
"export TERM=vt100" change the TERM? What should I be looking into?

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Old 01-08-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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It's possible that the servers you're logging in on don't have xterm defined -- that's your default terminal type in Slackware nowadays (do
echo ${TERM}
to see that). Of course, if you're using some other distribution on your system, that definition may be different.

I've experienced the same sort of thing going to multiple servers (like Solaris, for example) where I simply do
export TERM=xterm
when I get there -- most systems do support xterm, but if they don't then try vt100 or vt220 or something similar. Just echo ${TERM} when you get logged on and see what that default may be then reset it to whatever you want.

Hope this helps some.
Old 01-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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great thank you, that cleared it up.


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