ndstrace screen is garbled on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

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  • 11-Oct-2007
  • 27-Apr-2012


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
PuTTY for Windows
Gnome Terminal for Linux


The ndstrace screen is unreadable when viewing in PuTTY on Windows or in Gnome Terminal on Linux. Formatting characters are inserted in the ndstrace data. This is due to the default TERM value on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 of "xterm".


Change the value of TERM to"linux", "vt100", or another value that displays the ndstrace screen properly.

To resolve this issue, create a.bashrcfile for the user(s) who run ndstrace on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:

  1. At the server shell prompt, change to your home directory.
  2. Type "vi .bashrc" and hit ENTER (do not type the quotes). Do not forget the period at the beginning of the file name.
  3. Hit the letter i for insert mode.
  4. Type "export TERM=linux" (do not type the quotes)
  5. Hit ESC to exit insert mode, then type :wq and hit ENTER to save the file and exit to the shell prompt.
  6. Exit the server's shell, then start a new shell session to the server. Run ndstrace. The formatting should now be correct.