Terminal.app does not implement all xterm sequences. I need to get the complete list of what it does implement. Is it available anywhere?

  • in Terminal window hit the TAB twice, it display with a list of all commands, about 1400 of them :(
    – Ruskes
    May 9 '13 at 13:21
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    @Buscar웃 those are the shell commands. Th OP is asking for the sequences to move the cursor which are emitted by commands etc
    – mmmmmm
    May 9 '13 at 13:49

This is a bit vague... what sequences are NOT implemented? One simple solution would be to see if iTerm2 is a better fit to your needs. Incidentally, have you tried:

~$ cat .bashrc
export TERM=xterm-256color

(I am setting my TERM to xterm-256color in my bashrc, so that I get a number of xterm-256color behaviour by default).

Having said that, a few google inspired links that you might find useful, or not, depending on the sequences you are looking for:



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    The sequence that is not implemented is the one that changes the background color without having to clear the screen. I want each prompt to change the color so I know from screen color which machine I'm ssh'ed into. I just checked and iTerm2 does not handle it. Here is the reference: superuser.com/questions/592090/…
    – vy32
    May 9 '13 at 18:33
  • This is a tough one. Are you ssh-ing from mac to Linux, from Linux to Mac or from Mac to Mac? May 10 '13 at 11:26
  • it occurs to me that you might want to change the colour of the user@hostname rather than the background -- it would require setting it up in the bash or whatever shell setting you use, but it would need to be done just once. May 10 '13 at 11:29
  • Actually, no. I really want the background changed, not the prompt. I got it working with applescript and the first hop, but the subsequent hops don't change.
    – vy32
    May 10 '13 at 18:27

I'm not really sure that this is what you want, but...

Terminal -> Preferences... -> Settings -> (select your default theme) -> Keyboard.

Here you can see – and edit – a list of shortcuts. See also the "advanced" tab of the same panel.

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