Terminal Setting: vt100: Re: Serious question (fwd)

RiverWind riverwind at shellworld.net
Mon Aug 5 13:35:43 UTC 2013

I am needing to reset my terminal to vt100, and I have no
familiarity with something on this level of complexity. Also, I
would like to run a bash shell. All of this, of course, is on my
linux-box. A kind soul sent me some comprehensive instructions,
for a much adroit person, that I am unsure how to follow. I need
to find and then edit a certain file, my setup script for my
shell, but I don't know where it is. I am sure that I could use
pico to edit it when once I've found it. I just need some
detailed pointers so that I don't cause a disaster that I am ill-
equipped to fix.

Reading the forwarded message below will give you a better idea of what I 
am getting at.

------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:06:16 -0500 (CDT)
To: RiverWind <riverwind at shellworld.net>
From: Ken Scott <admin at shellworld.net>
Subject: Re: Serious question

It can vary pretty widely, depending on the shell being used and even the 
particular distribution of the operating system. If we're talking about the 
bash shell, you can check to see what's being used now by doing this from the 

echo $TERM

If it spits anything other than vt100 back at you, add a line like the 
following to whatever you're using as a startup script for the shell in your 
home directory, probably .profile or .bashrc or similar:

TERM=vt100; export TERM

Then save the file and do something like:

source .profile


source .bashrc

to reload it.

Instructions will be different for csh/tcsh, etc.

If the first command I mentioned indicates that you're already set to vt100, 
then unfortunately we're back where we started, but maybe not.

admin at shellworld.net

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