Weird display terminal when using VI and Emacs

Posted on 2001-06-16
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Last Modified: 2010-04-20
When I telnet to my linux server from any of my win98 computers the terminal looks fine when I use typical command line commands-- df, ls, cd, etc.  But when I begin to use either VI or Emacs, it works fine for a couple of seconds then suddenly the terminal misbehaves, weird characters appear, text seemingly vanishes, etc.
Question by:lynn402

Expert Comment

ID: 6198513
Check that the windows telnet is set to vt-100 emulation (under Terminal / Preferences). You could also try a more powerful telnet client, such as teraterm pro:


or putty, which is not just a telnet client but also a SSH client. SSH is a far more secure way of communicating with your linux server.


Both are free.


Accepted Solution

superschlonz earned 200 total points
ID: 6198540
You should also set the TERM variable to vt100 so both sides use the same
terminal emulation. Just enter for bash:

export TERM

or csh

setenv TERM vt100

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ID: 6258559
Thanks 4 the help.  I'm sorry for taking 4ever to give u your points.

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