xterm is the standard terminal emulator for the X Window System.

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How can I automatically update the title in an xterm running screen?

This is a bit of a followup to this question. I'm working in tcsh within GNU screen in an xterm. I have the following in my .cshrc: alias res_t 'xtset -t %h:%d "(%u:%g)" %e' # reset titlebar ...
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Vim copy-paste across terminals

The usual vim yank and paste works only in the same window (but does work across files and close/save commands). Is it possible to make it work across terminals (yank from window in one terminal and ...
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How do I prevent Cygwin's XWin Server automatically starting xterm?

Whenever I start Cygwin's X server using the "XWin Server" link in my Start menu, or by running startxwin from a Cygwin shell, I automatically get an xterm window appearing, which I neither want nor ...
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How do I make XTerm not use bold?

I like using XTerm, I like its default "fixed" font, and I like using terminal colors rather than having a monochromatic terminal. However, XTerm seems to insist on using a bold version of the font ...
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What is the difference between xterm and terminal in Ubuntu?

What's the difference between Terminal in Ubuntu desktop (Applications>Accessories>Terminal) and xterm? They look very similar.
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How can I change the colors of my xterm using Ansi escape sequences?

I would like to change the colors (background, font, foreground) of my xterm from the commandline. I've heard that this can be done using ANSI escape sequences. If this is possible: How is it ...
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Native xterm mouse scrolling in tmux

I have decided to try tmux as GNU screen replacement and wonder if there is a way to scroll with mouse as in xterm? It is possible to enable native xterm scrolling with Shift + PageUp in tmux by set ...
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copy and paste tabs between terminal windows in X11

When I copy and paste text using the X11 mouse selection between two terminal windows, tabs are often, but not always, converted to spaces. This appears to depend on the involved terminal ...
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Why can't I paste into xterm (XQuartz)?

I'm on a Mac (OS 10.8.2) and I'd like to start using xterm as my default terminal, rather than Terminal.app. Unfortunately, I can't paste text into an xterm window, and this is something that I ...
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How do I get the numpad to work in vim using iterm2 on osx with term=xterm?

My numpad works in iterm2 (bash), but it inserts characters instead of numbers in insert mode for vim. How can I get vim to recognise the correct escape codes. I have tried editing the escape codes ...
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How to switch MiniBufExplorer tabs in VIM when connecting with xterm?

I just installed MiniBufExplorer in VIM on an Ubuntu server, to which I'm connecting using xterm from a Mac (via ssh). From what I gather, after giving the command :set mouse=a I can use the mouse in ...
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How do you change the default TERM value set at console login (Ubuntu)?

The $TERM shell value in Ubuntu defaults to "xterm" for a console login. How can I change it so it defaults to "xterm-color"? I'm asking because it looks like this is the easiest way to turn-on the ...
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programmatic access to current xterm background color

I would like to setup the prompt colors in .bashrc depending on the colors it is using for foreground and background. For example, blue prompt if background is light and beige if it is dark. Is there ...
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How can I run byobu from xterm at starting?

I set up byobu auto run with the command byobu-enable. It's great when I log in from terminal or ssh, but how can I make xterm attach to it automatically ? (mate-terminal from Linux mint especially)
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Vim: Broken colors on start

I'm using uxterm and vim with the following .vimrc: https://github.com/dbrgn/dotfiles/blob/master/.vimrc When I open a file in vim and don't push any key, colored text is rendered using bold font and ...
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get focus only by clicking the title bar of xterm

I've suffered this problem many times and so do my colleagues Sometimes after you stroked some keyboard and mouse combinations this behavior showed up : you have to click a xterm's title bar to focus ...
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alt-d alt-f etc. stops working in my xterm

Something weird sometimes happens on my Debian system. Typically at the prompt line I can use combo like alt-d to delete a word, alt-f to go to the next word, etc. But quite regularly something ...
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How can I invoke a function in bash shell script

I just wonder the distinction calling the function between $(one_function) and one_function in bash shell script. When I set the variable PS1 in ~/.bashrc, I can't invoke the function by one_func ...
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Correct way to get emacs 16 color support inside tmux?

I'm trying to get a custom color-theme (solarized) setup for my emacs that utilizes a 16 color palette, which I've already set up for my terminal (gnome-terminal). When running emacs from a normal ...
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What is the difference between screen-256 color and xterm-256color

I've just started using tmux and I'm having trouble with my colorscheme in vim. I've using the zenburn color scheme and it works fine with the default terminal settings in Ubuntu 10.04. However, ...
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XFCE not restoring xterm position on login

I really like xterm and could really like XFCE, but the two don't seem to play well together. In KDE if I log out and back in, my xterms will be restarted in the same position as when I left. It ...
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What are the advantages of using xterm over any other terminal emulator? [closed]

I've seen a lot of terminal emulators as a programmer - PuTTy, Gnome Terminal, KDE Konsole, Terminal.app, iTerm, etc. Someone showed me an 'xterm' for the first time today. I've used these other ...
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TWM: Bring xterm to front on clicking anywhere in the window

Can someone tell me what should I put in my .twmrc, so that an xterm window is brought to front (raised) when I click anywhere in the window. Currently, I have to click on the title bar to bring it to ...
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Xterm control sequence to get RGB value for ANSI color

The meat In (some) terminals you can use a sequence like this; printf "\e]4;3;rgb:cc/78/33\e\\" to set the third color in the ANSI color palette to the RGB values represented by #CC7833. Can you ...
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Vim enable mouse scroll only - not cursor positioning

I want to enable the mouse wheel for scrolling like ^e and ^y do. I don't want clicking in a buffer to move the cursor though, so :set mouse=a does not help me. Reason is that I have a bunch of gui ...
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How to scroll the terminal emulator window in smaller steps using the keyboard?

How could I scroll up and down the bash shell window (without the mouse or scroll bars, just using the keyboard)? Shift+PageUp and Shift+PageDown acts like page up and page down. But how could one ...
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How to change background/foreground color on “all” existing terminals

I am looking for a command line way to change the background & foreground colors of all open terminal (and also for any new terminal, the new settings should be applied). Using something like ...
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Vim/Cygwin: No linebreaks in :! output

I'm using Vim via MinTTY under Cygwin. When I issue a command like :!ls -la the displayed output doesn't show newlines correctly. It rather just jumps to the virtual column of the next line, where ...
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How can I change the color of xterm titlebar?

I want to automatically change the color of my xterm titlebar. I would like to put code into my .bashrc so that the color changes automatically (say depending on the directory I am in). I know how to ...
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When using screen, I see me as logged in twice through 'who'

I've been using Gnu screen for some time now, and I absolutely love it! I installed it on a second RHEL server of mine, and I'm seeing odd behavior when I issue a 'who' on the new server. 'who' ...
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Enabling Italics, Underline on Emacs, Xterm and Putty

I'm using a Ubuntu (11.04 Server Edition) virtual machine as my development environment. It doesn't have a desktop environment since I don't think its necessary and I want to keep it lightweight. I'm ...
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Missing glyphs in Terminus font, how to setup a fallback font?

Most of my work happens in a terminal, so I need a clear, readable font. I've settled a while ago on Terminus (http://sourceforge.net/projects/terminus-font/), which works wonders for me. I added ...
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PuTTY or xterm for Mac?

I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows. Are there similar tools on Mac like PuTTY or xterm used on Linux/Windows ...
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Leave xterm open after task is complete

I have an automated test that I run with the xterm -e command: xterm -e RunMyTests At the end of the test-run, it prints out a summary of the results and some statistics to stdout. I'd like to ...
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Prevent vim from clearing the clipboard on exit

If I copy text into the xterm clipboard from vim, it is cleared when I exit vim. How do I prevent this?
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VIM strange behaviour F1-10

Recently I began encountering a really annoying behavior in VIM: No matter if I am in insert or normal mode, if I press one of the F keys, vim does not what it is normally intended to do: F1 - ...
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Cygwin X Server configuration

I remember a few years back, I was able to edit some shell script and then create a shortcut to it, so that anytime I needed an xterm I just used to click on the shortcut which would start the X ...
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how to insert unicode characters in xterm

... assuming it supports Unicode ?
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xterm -title “test” doesnt work in Ubuntu 8.04

i am trying to set a title ("test") on the window I am opening with xterm (xterm -title "test"). It isn't working. How can I fix this?
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Terminal IRC client with xterm-256color support

irssi doesn't support 256 colors. WeeChat doesn't support 256 colors. BitchX doesn't support 256 colors. And yet vim, my text editor, supports 256 colors. Am I missing a secret fork of one of the ...
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Alias empty command in terminal

I would like to clear my terminal upon hitting submitting an empty command. In other words, I would like to call clear when I hit Enter on empty line. Is that possible? I understand that is not how ...
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How do you know the correct name to use for X11 fonts for XTerm*faceName or xterm -fa <NAME>?

I am using Mac OS X 10.8 and XQuartz 2.7.2. I have downloaded and placed several TrueType fonts named *.ttf in my /Users/<name>/.fonts directory. Upon running XQuartz several files including ...
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How can I enable xterm 256 in ubuntu 8.04?

How can xterm 256 be enabled in ubuntu 8.04? I was able to get that working in 9.10, but not 8.04.
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What is Arch Linux's default terminal?

Using the command echo $TERM, I get the output 'xterm'. However, I have not done anything to install the X Windowing System, and as far as I know, Xterm cannot run without it, and Arch does not ...
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Getting a sane terminal going on OS X [closed]

I am normally a Linux user and my default terminal is urxvt, but because of school (office documents and so) I bought a new laptop - a Macintosh. I think the system itself works nicely, though the ...
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GNU screen fails to resize with Snow Leopard xterm

I use 120x80 xterms under X11 (which I start via xterm -geometry 120x80). I also use some constantly running GNU screen sessions on a couple of different hosts -- both local to the mac and on some ...
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Why does xterm retain keyboard layout even after change?

I use Dvorak as my primary keyboard layout, but I like to play nethack, so I change to qwerty and open xterm: alias nhterm="nohup >/dev/null xterm -fa \"Andale Mono\" -fs 20 -fullscreen -fg white ...
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Why are xterm colors different than gnome-terminal colors?

In my work environment I use xterm, and sometimes gnome-terminal. I like gnome terminal, but some of the colors are much harder to read than those of my xterm. I am wondering why the colors ...
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xterm select text with keyboard that is anywhere in window

Is there a way to select and copy text anywhere in terminal(xterm) window(that is, not only current shell line, but also output from previous commands) using only keyboard?
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Distinguishing local and remote access in shell (TERM-related)

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? ...