Solaris 9 and xterm-color

Published Aug 6, 2009

If you connect to Solaris 9 from a OS X or any recent Linux box via SSH, chances are your terminal is set to xterm-color. If you try to use vi or anything you’ll see an error like below:

xterm-color: Unknown terminal type

Its easy enough to change the terminal declaration in the preference dialog… but why not teach Solaris 9 to handle the xterm-color terminal type?

This assumes you have the sun freeware tools installed in /usr/sfw/bin.

Download this file and place it in /usr/share/lib/terminfo/x/ Example:

cd /usr/share/lib/terminfo/x/

Now that annoying error won’t stop vi from working. Enjoy.