Color Spills Over From SSH Session

David Krauser david.krauser at
Sat Jul 9 16:10:06 UTC 2011

Figured it out. I just needed screen installed on the FreeBSD box. Thanks 
for all your help!

On Sat, 9 Jul 2011, Joshua Isom wrote:

> On 7/8/2011 11:07 PM, David Krauser wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> I've tried to setup a kind of 'dedicated ssh client' using FreeBSD, and
>> I'm having some issues with the terminal colors.
>> I have a basic install of FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE (I only had kernel-dev
>> packages checked at installation) and I rebuilt the GENERIC kernel with
>> the VESA and SC_PIXEL_MODE options enabled (for a high resolution
>> terminal).
>> Now here's the problem: when I ssh into another box and issue a command
>> with colors (like vim's syntax hilighting or a colored ls) the primary
>> color of the terminal will change. I'm often left with a crazy colored
>> and hard to read bash prompt (all in the ssh session). When I exit the
>> session back to FreeBSD, the colors persist. I have to use the command
>> 'reset' to fix the issue.
>> I believe my primary FreeBSD shell is csh (it's whatever the default is
>> in FreeBSD) and I'm not sure if it can handle colors or if it has them
>> enabled. I generally ssh into a bash shell.
>> I'm really a newcomer with FreeBSD, and any help would be greatly
>> appreciated.
>> Thanks a bunch,
>> David Krauser
>> david.krauser at
> Are you sshing from the console or an xterm?  If it's from the console, it 
> should be cons25, and if it's from an xterm it should be xterm or 
> xterm-color.  You might have the .cshrc on the other box forcing it to 
> something that it's not.  On the FreeBSD box, run `echo $TERM` and note what 
> it says, then ssh into the other box and run it again.  They're probably 
> different.
> It's probably not the FreeBSD box, but the other box doesn't know what you're 
> using.
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