Modify $TERM from config

Chris Adams cmadams at
Wed Jun 27 06:09:05 EST 2012

Once upon a time, Bob Rasmussen <ras at> said:
> Perhaps the answer to this is to bring forward a concept from the telnet 
> protocol, into SSH. When a telnet client connects, it doesn't just say 
> "I am TERM=ABC". Instead there is an option negotiation process defined. 
> So if the server responds "I don't know what terminal ABC is", the client 
> can try "I am TERM=XYZ". This process can continue until the client 
> decides what is the best fit, and tells the host.

That would be cool.  However, I'm trying to deal with hosts that are not
as up-to-date already (e.g. have a smaller terminal database), so a new
extension would unfortunately not help me much (since those same hosts
would probably not support it for years).

Chris Adams <cmadams at>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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