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Jasonnash
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March, 2012

esxtop and OSX’s Terminal Application

Being a Mac user I’m always using OSX’s Terminal application.  It works well and I haven’t found a need for a 3rd party Terminal app, except maybe when working with a USB to Serial device for device configs.  One problem I’ve seen people complain about is using esxtop in Terminal.  Instead of what you should see you get this:

It’s easy to fix this.  You just need to go in to the Preferences for Terminal and change the terminal type that it “declares”.  This is in Preferences, Settings, Advanced.  Change “Declare terminal as:” from xterm-256color to just xterm:

Close the Preferences window, close Terminal, restart it and you should now get this:

7 thoughts on “esxtop and OSX’s Terminal Application”

  1. Thanks Jason, useful post. With the Mac support for the web client coming I’m looking to move away from View desktops at home but “TERM=xterm esxtop” seemed a bit boring!

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