VMWare vSphere 6.7 ESXTOP Output Garbled

If your VMWare vSphere 6.x environment command output of esxtop looks like a bunch of garbled gibberish (it's actually CSV format), then you need to change the terminal declaration to xterm but don't ask me why it's configured like this in the first place.

The fix for this problem is:

TERM=xterm
esxtop

 

Remember that Linux is case-sensitive and therefore this needs to be entered as TERM=xterm and not term=xterm

 

This is what you and everyone else should see:

[root@esxi67:/] TERM=xterm esxtop
 3:18:40am up  3:09, 647 worlds, 10 VMs, 12 vCPUs; CPU load average: 0.08, 0.10, 0.14
PCPU USED(%): 7.5 4.6 3.1 7.0 AVG: 5.5
PCPU UTIL(%): 8.8 6.2 4.3 8.0 AVG: 6.8

      ID      GID NAME             NWLD   %USED    %RUN    %SYS   %WAIT %VMWAIT    %RDY   %IDLE  %OVRLP   %CSTP  %MLMTD  %SWPWT
   12079    12079 win2016-3.ad.sy    13    6.20    6.42    0.02 1293.89    0.12    0.46  193.43    0.03    0.00    0.00    0.00
   13663    13663 vcsa67             23    3.71    4.64    0.03 2296.11    0.00    0.60  195.38    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00
   23167    23167 win2016core-1       9    3.23    3.35    0.01  896.85    0.00    0.26   96.67    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   38248    38248 esxtop.2104304      1    2.80    2.83    0.00   97.21       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   17287    17287 docker3.ad.sysi     9    1.17    1.91    0.02  897.71    0.00    0.46   97.96    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   19711    19711 nginx03.ad.sysi     9    0.93    1.20    0.01  898.48    0.00    0.33   99.06    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6248     6248 hostd.2098564      31    0.84    0.85    0.00 3100.00       -    0.09    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   14863    14863 docker1.ad.sysi    11    0.83    0.96    0.01 1099.56    0.00    0.12   99.88    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   35816    35816 win2019core-1       9    0.68    0.89    0.01  898.97    0.08    0.14   98.94    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
       1        1 system            171    0.43  375.29    0.00 16699.59       -   27.41    0.00    0.45    0.00    0.00    0.00
   31904    31904 docker4.ad.sysi     9    0.41    0.63    0.01  899.65    0.00    0.25   99.77    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   16087    16087 docker2.ad.sysi     9    0.36    0.60    0.01  899.72    0.00    0.22  100.63    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   37008    37008 dc1.ad.sysinfo.     9    0.25    0.41    0.01  899.47    0.08    0.17   99.41    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    9342     9342 vpxa.2098997       36    0.07    0.08    0.00 3600.00       -    0.02    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    9527     9527 lwsmd.2099050      13    0.05    0.12    0.00 1297.48       -    3.12    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6397     6397 rhttpproxy.2098    22    0.02    0.02    0.00 2200.00       -    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1106     1106 vmsyslogd.20974     3    0.01    0.01    0.00  300.00       -    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   28248    28248 sshd.2102770        1    0.01    0.01    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
       8        8 helper            155    0.01    0.01    0.00 15500.00       -    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    5913     5913 hostdCgiServer.    12    0.01    0.01    0.00 1200.00       -    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    2192     2192 net-lacp.209770     3    0.01    0.02    0.00  299.98       -    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6534     6534 sdrsInjector.20     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    3902     3902 ntpd.2098250        1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    4334     4334 vmware-usbarbit     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
      10       10 drivers            12    0.00    0.00    0.00 1200.00       -    0.03    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    8550     8550 dcbd.2098889        1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    4735     4735 ioFilterVPServe     2    0.00    0.00    0.00  200.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    5015     5015 swapobjd.209839     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1234     1234 vobd.2097477       20    0.00    0.00    0.00 2000.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6670     6670 storageRM.20986     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
      11       11 ft                  4    0.00    0.00    0.00  400.00       -    0.01    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
      12       12 vmotion             1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
     601      601 init.2097404        1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1098     1098 vmsyslogd.20974     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1170     1170 sh.2097469          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1290     1290 sh.2097505          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1346     1346 vmkeventd.20975     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    1590     1590 vmkdevmgr.20975     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    2128     2128 sh.2097692          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    2629     2629 busybox.2098052     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    2811     2811 busybox.2098097     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    3838     3838 sh.2098242          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    4270     4270 sh.2098298          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   21047    21047 sshd.2100926        1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    4671     4671 sh.2098350          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
   21071    21071 sh.2100929          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    4951     4951 sh.2098386          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    5849     5849 sh.2098506          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6172     6172 sh.2098554          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6333     6333 sh.2098574          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6470     6470 sh.2098613          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    6606     6606 sh.2098631          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    7262     7262 sh.2098714          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    7326     7326 net-lbt.2098722     1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    8422     8422 slpd.2098873        1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00
    8486     8486 sh.2098881          1    0.00    0.00    0.00  100.00       -    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00

 

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