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ESXi: when esxtop shows garbage.

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/14

The ESXi console top to show processes is not available *, the alternative is esxtop. But that can show garbage because the ESXi console has a very limited support of terminals **.

For instance, when connecting from a Mac OS X terminal through ssh, this is my terminal:

# echo $TERM
xterm-256color

The solution:

TERM=xterm esxtop

–jeroen

via: VMware KB: Output of esxtop defaults to non-interactive CSV with unknown TermInfo.

  • Top isn’t found:

# top
-sh: top: not found

** List of supported terminals on my system:

# find /usr/share/terminfo/ -type f
/usr/share/terminfo/s/screen
/usr/share/terminfo/l/linux
/usr/share/terminfo/a/ansi
/usr/share/terminfo/v/vt102
/usr/share/terminfo/x/xterm

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