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Solved: 'xterm-16color': unknown terminal type.

Posted almost 5 years ago by Philip Ingram

when using the linux command top, i noticed that i was getting the following error message printed out from my server, in my Mac OS x terminal.

‘xterm-16color’: unknown terminal type.

Well, I was wondering what the heck was happening, and it turns out in my .bash_profile file, i had input an export terminal type that wasn’t supported by the server.

The Fix….

all i did was delete the line below from my .bash_profile file.

export TERM=xterm-16color

Your mileage may vary, but there is little on the web that tells you how to fix it, so here you go.

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