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

Rudy Vener salt at panix.com
Mon Aug 5 14:08:36 UTC 2013

The key concept to grasp is that you must set your environmental variable TERM to

This is done differently  depending on which shell you use.

To find out which shell you are using do:
echo $SHELL
It should return something like:

Which means you are using the ksh or bash or ch shell.

It does make a difference.

For excample I use ksh.  So in my case I need to
edit my $HOME/.profile file to include this line
export TERM=vt100

that line sets my TERM variable to vt100 and exports it to all subsequent shells I might

This will differ for bash or csh.  But since I don't use those shells
you will need to visit google and /or your manual pages to see how
they set their environmental variables.  

Try googling bash environmental variables or csh environment variables
to find more detailed instructions.

Good luck. And may the farce be with you.

On Mon, Aug 05, 2013 at 09:35:43AM -0400, RiverWind wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Riv
> ---
> ------- 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 prompt:
> 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
> or:
> 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.
> --
> Ken,
> admin at shellworld.net
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