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Is there a terminal linux? I was experimenting with the machine to see how the virtual terminals work and when I echo $TERM it printed linux? Is this the default linux terminal? I tried searching for man pages on linux but only results about the operating system return.

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The linux terminal type is for the virtual consoles (also called virtual terminals or consoles), the text-mode consoles provided by Linux on PC-style hardware and reached by Alt+F1 or Ctrl+Alt+F1 and so on. Like all modern terminal types, it's a variant on VT100 and successors.

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Yes, there is a terminal description identified by the name linux.

The infocmp program will show you the details of a given terminal identifier. On Debian-based systems, infocmp is in the ncurses-bin package.

$ infocmp linux
#       Reconstructed via infocmp from file: /lib/terminfo/l/linux

I've elided the escape codes for the capabilities. The man page for terminfo(5) describes all the capabilities and what they mean.

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