[nycbug-talk] terminals, telnet, blast from past

Scott Robbins scottro at nyc.rr.com
Tue Aug 28 17:38:25 EDT 2007

On Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 05:10:28PM -0400, Charles Sprickman wrote:
> All,
> I need a serious refresher on terminal types, general issues with telnet 
> users (not ssh, telnet) and all other sorts of fancy shell account stuff 
> that I haven't had to think about since 1998 or so.  Things like dealing 
> with people coming in with the windows telnet client and trying to run 
> "pine", people with hacked up .profile or .cshrc files that complain that 
> they get "^?^?^?" when they type a backspcae, etc.

A couple of minor things that I ran into which might help. They might 
have to use the delete, rather than the backspace key.  There are
various set tty options--things like stty erase ^H or ^? in the .profile
or .cshrc.   Sometimes these work and sometimes they don't.  

Set their profile for TERM=vt100. 

These couple of things have helped me with a few cases of this, for
example either the Windows or Mac terminal going to an AIX machine. 

man stty might have some ideas for you too.  Isn't it aggravating to
forget those things that you knew so well?


Scott (of the senior moments) Robbins

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