Error opening terminal: xterm-256color

SSH to host to turn off a SCSI alarm that is being addressed. Error presents as “Error opening terminal: xterm-256color“. What in the name of all that is good?! I do not need this?!

Elderly box ferreted away behind no connection and has a real song and dance to get through to enable a “console” – and even at that point the console is not a shell, it is a console with menu options… gotta love embedded stuff.

So – the solution was as follows:

$ export TERM=xterm

Repeat the previously failing login to much success and fanfare. Huzzah!

Not a shabby start to a Monday morning… although we can always do without a drive failure.

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