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My default TERM is xterm-color. I would like it to be xterm-256color when I am working on my machine locally, but if I ssh to it I want to have it be xterm-color. How do I distinguish these two cases?

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Assuming you're using Bash, in your ~/.bashrc:

if [[ $SSH_TTY ]]
then
    TERM=xterm-color
else
    TERM=xterm-256color
fi
export TERM
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Thanks, exactly what I wanted! – Amadan Feb 28 '11 at 7:54

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