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BEFORE YOU START: The "Spires machine" is now one of the corn-cluster AFS machines accessed at "".  If you intend to access some other machines at Stanford via your terminal (not via a browser), then you may need to run a VPN Client.

The following instructions are to be done after launching located in your Applications/Utilities folder.

PART 1. If you have an account on the Spires machine, then you need to make changes there.  Otherwise, skip to PART 2 below.
Issue the following command in to login to your <SunetID> on the Spires machine.

    ssh <SunetID>

Substitute your actual SunetID in place of <SunetID> in the command above.  Once you login to your account on the Spires machine, you need to edit your .login file there.  We recommend using "wylbur", by issuing the following command:

    wylbur .login

Your .login should already contain a "setenv TERMINFO ..." statement. After that statement, add another "setenv" like the following:

    setenv TERM vt100x

The "vt100x" terminal type is's equivalent of "samson".  "SAVE" your modified .login file as follows:


EXIT from wylbur, and logout of the Spires machine.

System variables are normally all-UPPER case, and are defined in one of two ways, depending upon the shell-type.
Shells like  "bash" and "sh" both use this form:

    export VARNAME=value

Shells like "tcsh" use the following form:

    setenv VARNAME value

PART 2. You will now make changes to itself.  Below are samples of a few commands you may wish to add to your .login or .bash_login in your home directory under  You can use any text editor such as "vi" or "wylbur" or "textedit".  It might be easier to edit a file that doesn't have a dot as its first character, so you should use to "cp .login mylogin", for example.  Then send "mylogin" to the text editor and insert the lines below.  When you are done, and have saved the updated file, you can move it back using something like "mv mylogin .login".

    export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin:.
    export HOST=$HOSTNAME
    export PRINTER='Stylus_C60'
    stty erase ^H
    alias spires='ssh <SunetID>'

Substitute your actual SunetID for <SunetID> in the alias command listed above.  You will get to the Spires machine using that alias.

Substitute your actual locally attached PRINTER name for 'Stylus_C60' in the export command listed above, or delete the command.

You should install 'vt100x' and 'vt100s' using the 'vterm.install' script in the 'vterm.dmg' file you can download by clicking on this link.  After downloading, just double-click on the vterm.dmg icon to open the disk-image.  Then double-click the 'readme.txt' file and follow its instructions.

Below are a series of pictures showing the windows for setting various features in  The first is the window obtained by clicking on the "Terminal" name near the left end of the menu bar.  Preferences is the next window, selected by the "Preferences..." entry in Terminal Settings.  "Window Settings..." opens the Terminal Inspector window, which has a choice list.  You can see the other windows selected by each of those choices.  Depending upon your version of, be sure to set either "Delete sends Ctrl-H" in the "Preferences..." Advanced pane, or "Delete key sends backspace" in the "Window Settings..." Keyboard pane.  All the pictures directly below are from Tiger (10.4.x).  For Leopard (10.5.x), see the pictures later.

If you wish to adjust colors, you'll need a free plugin to make life easier.  Visit either of these two sites (depending on Tiger or Leopard) to obtain the plugin: -- for Tiger. -- for Leopard.

Terminal Settings


Preferences Settings


Window Choice List


Shell Settings


Processes Settings


Emulation Settings


Buffer Settings


Display Settings


Keyboard Settings


Window Settings


Color Settings



The following only exists if

TerminalColors is installed

ANSI Colors Settings


Colors Settings


The following images are from "Preferences..." in Leopard.

Text Options


Shell Settings


Window Settings


Advanced Settings


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