xterm is the standard terminal emulator for the X Window System.

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Which terminal type am I using?

I have tested this with both Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7. When I do echo $TERM I get xterm But if I use the dropdown menu "help" > "about" then it says gnome terminal 3.4.1.1. Does this mean I am ...
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Display command in xterm titlebar

My Bash Prompt is currently setting the xterm titlebar using the following sequence: PS1='\033]0;\u@\h>\w\007' Is there an easy way to display the current command in the titlebar. For example, ...
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How to avoid escape sequence attacks in terminals?

Reading the details of CVE-2009-4487 (which is about the danger of escape sequences in log files) I am a bit surprised. To quote CVE-2009-4487: nginx 0.7.64 writes data to a log file without ...
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How to get VIM to display 256 colors properly

I'm trying to get 256 color theme files to work with VIM under xterm. This is peaksea how it looks for me: How it should look: I've tried following the tips on the wiki page to no avail. set ...
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How can my script know when I'm in a virtual console vs. an xterm?

A few of my scripts (keymap changing, public key adding) need to act differently when in a virtual console vs. in an xterm. What's the real code for #!/bin/ksh if [[ in_a_virtual_console ]]; then ...
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How can I make unicode symbols and truetype fonts work in xterm/uxterm?

I'd like to use a truetype font in xterm/uxterm (version 278) but I get problems with unicode symbols (é for example displays fine, so I guess it's not a disabled utf8 or a locale issue): $ echo -e ...
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What is bash's meta key?

I tried to use xmodmap to map META_L to the MENU key but it doesn't seem to be accepted by bash as the meta key. So, I am wondering how these components (keyboard, X, xterm, bash) relate to each in ...
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Why do we need so many terminal emulator packages and what is their use?

This is something that has been so confusing to me for a long time. I am using Linux but I have gaps in my understanding of certain aspects and one is about the terminal. As I came to understand it ...
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How to identify which xterm a shell or process is running in?

I usually use long running X sessions with several virtual desktops and many many xterms. I also use job control in the shell (zsh). Sometimes I wish I could identify an xterm a shell or process is ...
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Is it possible to obtain the current name of the xterm window?

This LDP Howto demonstrates how to change the title of an xterm. I know that this is also possible using the xtitle command. Before invoking a long-running action, my script uses such techniques to ...
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What kind of notification is Firefox sending when a download has finished?

I'm using the dynamic window manager of suckless (dwm). I noticed that firefox is able to send nice notifications when a download has finished. See the two figures When I'm on a different tag, I ...
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emacsclient -t hangs

I'm trying to use emacs (23.2.1) in daemon mode. I started it as emacs --daemon and that works just fine. But whenever I try emacsclient -t somefile I first get a line of garbage (e.g., `1;25C2;'), ...
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How to copy text to xterm

How to paste text in a xterm? Now I can copy text from xterm to an outside application, like Firefox, by highlighting the text there. But I can not copy text from firefox to xterm. I am just normal ...
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xterm colors are too bright

I've just started using dwm a couple days ago and I'm using xterm (uxterm) as a terminal emulator. However, I'm noticing that certain applications (like vi/vim, ls, and others) that output in color ...
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Emacs commands in xterm

I found that the commands I used to use in gnome-terminal, those I learned in Emacs, are only partially working in xterm. In some cases, I get strange chars like ÿ, æ, and â instead. Do you know how ...
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Getting unexpected colorized output on several commands

I just added this to my .bashrc to get colorized output with less: # Colorize less man pages. export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\e[01;34m' export LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\e[01;33m' export ...
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What's the right value of $TERM for emacs' ansi-term, especially if 'eterm-color' isn't available after SSH?

I'm currently setting $TERM to xterm-256color: if [[ -n "$EMACS" ]]; then export TERM=xterm-256color alias emacs="emacsclient --no-wait" export EDITOR="emacsclient --no-wait" export ...
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How can I save the Xterm configuration I set at runtime?

I configured my xterm using the CTRL-MiddleClick and CTRL-RightClick. Is there a way to export save these settings?
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how to make XTerm never use bold characters?

I am trying to make XTerm to never use a bold font, and nothing seems to work. I put settings in ~/.Xresources and then run xrdb ~/.Xresources and then start a new XTerm. This is what I try: ...
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How to prevent a specific instance of xterm from title changes?

If you start xterm from the command line giving it a title with the -T option xterm -T "my window title" the window title is likely to be overwritten via escape sequences for the shell prompt, ...
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Tmux eclipsed colorized output of ls

I'm running Xubuntu 12.04, and when I use the Terminal I get colored filenames from ls. But inside tmux, everything ls prints is white. I know my tmux supports color, though, because I get color ...
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Fastest way to get an Euro symbol at a prompt?

First of all I'm working on a keyboard using a QWERTY layout. Now once in a while I need to get the Euro (€) symbol in my terminal (typically in a xterm). If I cut'n'paste the Euro symbol, it shows ...
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How to start an xterm from Nautilus, running in the folder I'm viewing?

This was easy in Thunar, but now I'm on a machine where I'm trying to do everything in the Gnome desktop world. In Nautilus, I'm in some deep-down folder. How do I open an xterm (rxvt, aterm, ...
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is it possible to send a control sequence to a terminal emulator using the keyboard

If you type echo -e '\eZ' and hit return in a shell running in an xterm, you'll see that the terminal emulator prints an obscure code 1;2c. This seems to indicate that xterm interprets the VT100 ...
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Run xterm with login shell or not?

Per default xterm starts an interactive shell. But you can also configure it to start an interactive login-shell. That means that with starting an xterm you get the same kind of shell like logging in ...
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Binding Shift-Enter to insert a newline without evaluating the current expression

I try to bind Shift-Enter to insert a newline without evaluating the current expression in the terminal and in repl modes. Reading through the ArchWiki, I tried setting this in my ~/.Xmodmap file and ...
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GNU Screen weird characters on click

I have a small problem in GNU screen. A GNU screen session runs on my RaspberryPi. Now sometimes, when I join it, if I click in the terminal (I'm using terminator on Fedora) I see weird characters ...
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After upgrade, X button in titlebar no longer closes xterm

In theory, pressing the close button should close an xterm. It did before I did an aptitude upgrade. (I'm running Debian testing). But now it doesn't—clicking the X does nothing—but only for some ...
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Xterm with Solarized only showing dark background without font colors

I am trying to get the Solarized color scheme for xterm, but have not had much success with it. I am running Debian 6 and downloaded the Xresources to ~/.Xresources. After loading the new settings ...
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Why do different terminals have different values for keys in the .inputrc file?

This question really started from here. I would like to know why different terminals like rxvt and xterm use different values when mapping key combinations? Whilst I am in rxvt or xterm how can I find ...
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Sed processed file displays differently in vi vs cat

I can't tell if sed is mucking my file up. In vi or less it displays properly, but cat and more insert other characters. why are they showing up differently I am on a redhat linux system with a ...
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TERM=(linux|xterm) vi in an xterm or the AAABBBBBBCCDDD-problem

Usually when I want to run vim in a desktop konsole session, I make sure the TERM variable is set to linux as the arrow keys don't work in insert mode with TERM=xterm. They show capital A..D instead ...
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How to configure the double click behavior in an X terminal?

Under different Unix/Linux systems I've observed different double click behavior in X terminal applications (e.g. xterm). Sometimes a double click selects everything left and right until the next ...
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Why whould xterm behave differently than x-terminal-emulator when it points to the same executable?

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 14 Apr 19 14:36 /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator -> /usr/bin/xterm Running it using these 2 calls: /usr/bin/xterm /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator First ...
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How to search XTerm console history?

Is there some way to search XTerm's console history interactively, like Ctrl+Shift+f in GNOME Terminal and Terminator? I could run script in my .bashrc or possibly even patch XTerm, but it would be ...
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Terminal emulators and btsync behavior

I've downloaded the BitTorrent Sync binary. The program only provides a Web UI interface. I'm trying to create a window for the daemon, using a terminal emulator, because I don't need an always online ...
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How to make the login shell xterm use utf-8?

I use xterm (X-Win32 2012 Build 30 from StarNet Communications Corp) to login from a Windows 7 PC to a Red Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6). My problem is that all multi-byte utf-8 characters comes out ...
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Why do I get this 'Erase is backspace' message after I do a reset in xterm?

So when I do a reset in xterm I get something like this: Erase is backspace. [omarg@computer]: I've already checked my .bashrc and .Xdefaults files but it doesn't seem like that message is being ...
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How to tell xfce (or an application) where to put the window when starting?

I have a number of different boxes, all running debian and xfce. When I launch multiple applications (specifically xterm windows) on one machine, they end up all in the center of the desktop, and they ...
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How to set up `screen` to modify the window title and xterm-window title?

I'd like to have my current $PS1 prompt (\u@\h:\w$(__git_ps1 "(%s)")\$ plus some coloring) to be also used as screen's window title (in the hardline) and as the xterm window title. How can this be ...
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How can I run byobu from xterm at starting?

I set up byobu auto run with the command byobu-enable. It's great when I log in from terminal or ssh, but how can I make xterm attach to it automatically ? (mate-terminal from Linux mint especially)
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Why use a pts for xterm or anything

I keep reading on multiple sites that pts device files are used for pseudo-terminals which are "not directly connected to the hardware" (ssh, telnet). Since xterm running on you machine is directly ...
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Weird stuff going on in terminal and emacs since upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10

I can't really describe the slightly odd behaviour of my terminal window and occasionally also on emacs, but here's a picture of it happening: If I press CTRL+L, it disappears. What could cause ...
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Xterm is not completely erasing field lines

We are running Windows Clients with Cygwin XServer that has a bash script application running on AIX Unix. We have a login script using expect to ssh into the server and then xterm to create the ...
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Xterm not loading color schemes

I work a lot with vim and decided to switch to cli version, I chose xterm because its the only terminal I know of that properly recognizes Alt shortcuts (and I have lots of those bound in vim). My ...
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Why does insert-mode map “<F4>” unpredictably inserts itself or executes intended key strokes?

In Vim 7.3.1-762, mintty 1.1.2 (xterm), cygwin, Windows XP, the insert-mode map <F4> executes the intended key strokes at one time but inserts itself at another time. This undeterministic ...
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SSH within SSH displays the wrong machine name in the xterm title bar

I am working on a distributed system connecting to several servers at once. Nothing is started manually in the program I am working on, but this is how to recreate the error manually. I start a xterm ...
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How to configure the terminal so that a mouse click will move the cursor to the current mouse position

What I'm looking for is how to configure the terminal so that it behaves like nano -m. I know that xterm inside fvwm2 running on slackware does this but neither gnome or kde does it. I have tested ...
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How to efficiently use Console2 with screen/tmux/byobu?

I'm using Console 2 and msysgit's bash to SSH into my Linux machines. There, I'm using screen (but considering tmux and/or byobu), but currently simply with one single-terminal session per ...
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8-bit input in gnome-terminal

I'm trying to switch from xterm to gnome-terminal but having trouble with alt keys. I have already disabled menu access keys, but I still need 8-bit inputs. In xterm I can set 8-bit inputs in ...