IBM Emulation

Peter Elsner peter at
Wed Aug 27 06:10:56 PDT 2003

I have successfully used AlphaCom from

It has IBM3151 emulation built in.  Cost is about $25. per user and is
(in my opinion) the best terminal emulator for Microsoft WinBlows out there.

Peter Elsner

At 07:20 PM 8/26/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Currently, we use ProComm for Win95 and 2k with a VT100 emulation in
>conjunction with a vendor provided keyboard and translation file that they
>won't part with. I've also tested TinyTerm and it utilizes when in IBM3151
>emulation mode, it provides the same translations  as ProComm and it's
>combined translation file. After speaking with a few of the field techs, I
>was told that anything that can provide an IBM3151 terminal emulation will
>work properly.  On my aix system, under /src/misc/terminfo there is an entry
>named ibm3151.ti. Under my FreeBSD 4.8 system, within
>"/usr/compat/linux/usr/share/terminfo" I have a terminal file for the
>ibm3151 and within /usr/compat/linux/etc/termcap there is an entry for
>ibm3151 but I'm uncertain how to utilize that within the FreeBSD
>environment.  I've tried importing the ibm3151 termcap entry into my FBSD
>termcap and rehashing the termcap database but it garbles once I get into
>the ibm environment. I'm wondering if I may actually need to get some sort
>of terminal emulator for BSD instead of a straight telnet session.
>Micheal Patterson
>Network Administration
>Cancer Care Network
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Matthew Emmerton" <matt at>
>To: "Micheal Patterson" <micheal at>;
><freebsd-questions at>
>Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 6:18 PM
>Subject: Re: IBM Emulation
> > > My department has been tasked with trying to find an alternative to
> > Windows
> > > in our organization. I can get the normal workplace items, spreadsheets,
> > > word, etc taken care of, but I have one issue that eludes me. We have an
> > > application server running on an IBM RS6000 running AIX 4.3 that
> > > IBM 3151 terminal emulation. Is there anyone that has successfully been
> > able
> > > to utilize a termcap for the IBM3151 so that the character sets and
> > function
> > > keys map accordingly when using an xterm session to an IBM RS6000 system
> > > running AIX?
> >
> > The naive approach would be to copy the IBM3151 definition from the
> > on AIX to FreeBSD.
> > I took a look on the AIX 4.3 (and 5.1) machines that I have access to and
> > there is no such definition.
> >
> > What do you currently set your TERM variable to on AIX to get the desired
> > emulation?
> >
> > --
> > Matt Emmerton
> >
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