This one has been a bit of a nuisance on newly spooled up Debian instances for me lately. When I try to run “top” or “clear” or really anything that does something with the terminal I get the following message:
'xterm': unknown terminal type.
This is because either you haven’t installed ncurses-term (unlikely) or a symlink from /lib/terminfo/x/xterm to /usr/share/terminfo/x/xterm is missing. To cover all possibilities do this:
sudo apt-get install ncurses-term sudo ln -s /lib/terminfo/x/xterm /usr/share/terminfo/x/xterm
Poof, your terminal works again!