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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

The solution:

TERM=xterm esxtop


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

2 Responses to “ESXi: when esxtop shows garbage.”

  1. Digitolle said

    jpluimers, what a wonderfully simple solution to an annoying issue – thanks!

    I took the following steps to be lazy:
    1. Created a file called “top” in /bin
    2. Put your solution in there: TERM=xterm esxtop
    3. chmod +x /bin/top

    Now I can just type “top” and garbage no more, with the added benefit of not having to remember to type in the less familiar esxtop.

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