xterm-kitty: unknown terminal type
Nowadays, I’m using kitty as my terminal emulator. It’s a pretty lightweight emulator, which utilizes the GPU for rendering.
Upon opening my first ssh session to a remote host, I find that some keys (backspace), and keyboard shortcuts are not working, and I get the following error from my remote debian host:
'xterm-kitty': unknown terminal type.
This is because my remote host does not know how to handle kitty by default. Luckily, there’s a way to communicate what capabilities your terminal emulator have, using terminfo
In order to copy over a
terminfo file to your remote host’s
~/.terminfo folder, run the following:
kitty +kitten ssh your.remote.server
This will open a new session, and you should now have a file called
~/.terminfo/x/xterm-kitty, which will be loaded on every session from
kitty in the future. Also, all normal keyboard shortcuts like
ctrl+a should be working as intended.
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