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A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® 8 by Mark G. Sobell

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Specifying Your Terminal

Because vi, emacs, konsole, and other programs take advantage of features that are specific to various kinds of terminals and terminal emulators, you must tell these programs the name of the terminal you are using or the terminal that your terminal emulator is emulating. On many systems your terminal name is set for you. If your terminal name is not specified or is not specified correctly, your screen will look strange, or, when you start a program, you will get a message that requires this information: You need to specify your terminal name.

Terminal names describe the functional characteristics of your terminal or terminal emulator to programs that require this information. Although terminal names are referred to as ...

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