[techtalk] Pine Usage

Telsa Gwynne hobbit at aloss.ukuu.org.uk
Thu Dec 16 18:55:47 EST 1999

On Thu, Dec 16, 1999 at 10:55:43PM -0800 or thereabouts, Tech Docs wrote:
> Friends... let me be very specific about my pine problem. On the machine

Good plan, cos I -think- I recognise the error message :)

> things work fine and perfect. When I give a telnet and then use Pine it says
> ansi not set and Pine cannot run. I checked my Telnet mode and I do not find
> anything unusual. What could be the problem? How do I use Pine in this
> situation?

I think 'ansi not set' is not to do with telnet. I think it's to do with 
the terminal type. Perhaps you are not setting one, or you are setting one
that the machine doesn't know. Terminal type is an environment variable,
and it is used by many, many programs. It has to be of a certain level
before the program knows that it can move the cursor around the screen.
(This wasn't a given, once. For example, dumb terminals can't. And others
of dim and not distant enough memory.)) 

Try (in bash) 'printenv' to see all your environment variables, or just
'echo $TERM'. I'm afraid I've forgotten how to get that from csh :)
If it's 'not found', or it's 'dumb', or something, then this is your
problem, and 'export TERM=vt100' or something similar may fix it.

For some reason I managed to set one of my terminals to dumb a while
ago, and mutt (a similar mailer) refused to run until I set the terminal
type to xterm again.


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