adm3a and Linux

Bert Thomas bert at
Tue Jul 22 06:59:04 CDT 2008

John Floren schreef:
> I pulled out my ADM-3A today in an effort to stave off studying and
> homework and such; hooked it up to my Debian box, only to find that
> there isn't really very good support for it under Debian. I use this
> line in my inittab:
> T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -h -L ttyS0 9600 adm3a
> and while I can log in, vim for example looks TERRIBLE, ls tries to do
> color and fails miserably, etc.
> When I log on to one of the Solaris machines on campus via SSH, they
> handle things gracefully. ls works right, vi is excellent.
> Is the difference in our terminfo files, or what? I'm not really sure
> how these things work so I'm hoping somebody can help me figure out
> what's up here, because I'd like my Debian computer to play nicely
> with the terminal.

I'm no expert on this topic, but I think you need to adapt the TERM 
environment variable. The curses library uses this to determine what 
control codes to send to your terminal to draw the screen.


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