Palo Alto Networks: Console terminal got overlapping output

When I first trying to test Palo Alto Networks firewall through its console interface I encountered an annoying problem, that is I got overlapping and confusing outputs when I issued commands.

The output overlaps each other making reading from the console terminal difficult.

The output overlaps each other making reading from the console terminal difficult.

The default terminal type used by Palo Alto Networks Firewall is VT100, however most of the time we are using xterm. You can change the terminal type from the CLI:

admin@PA-5050> set cli terminal type xterm

After the terminal type is chosen, restart PuTTY again.

To verify the cli settings either use:


admin@PA-5050> show cli info

User                    : admin
Process ID              : 3240
Pager                   : enabled
Config Display Format   : default
Vsys configuration mode : disabled

admin@PA-5050>

Or use:

admin@PA-5050> debug cli detail
Environment variables :
(HOME . /home/admin)
(PATH . /usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin)
(SHELL . /bin/bash)
(TERM . xterm)
(MAIL . /var/mail/admin)
(LOGNAME . admin)
(LANG . en_US.UTF-8)
(LESSCHARSET . utf-8)
(PAN_BASE_DIR . /opt/pancfg/mgmt)

PAN_BUILD_TYPE : RELEASE


Total Heap : 6.11 M
Used       : 5.47 M
Nursery    : 0.12 M

  schema md5sum : 5a14c47745176e00024c5dcb1a57453d
opschema md5sum : ff44ae154fcc9a480e00113ef80a2a94
admin@PA-5050>

The set command in operational mode does not need to commit, the change will take immediate effect.

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One Response to Palo Alto Networks: Console terminal got overlapping output

  1. Another PAN user says:

    This didn’t really work for me. The true fix can be found here.

    https://live.paloaltonetworks.com/docs/DOC-3136

    Run the following commands via the CLI
    > set cli terminal height 500
    > set cli terminal width 500

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