Macos – What should $TERM be on Mac OSX 10.6.6

macosterminal.app

echo $TERM gives me xterm-color. Is that right? I'm having issues with vim and was told to change it to dtterm. Why?

I've learned that I can change this value in Terminal.app Preferences… under the Advanced tab: Declare terminal as:

Best Answer

  • Yes, xterm-color is the default for Terminal.app; it's the most compatible with, well, everything. You can see when you open the preferences window for the terminal:

    Terminal Dialog

    You can change it to dtterm in the menu:

    Terminal Dialog

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