Take the 2-minute tour ×
Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems.. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 3 down vote accepted

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.

share|improve this answer

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.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.