cygwin error in an ssh session

i have installed a mini OpenSuSE 11.1 text based system.

When I try to open some editor program for example pico or nano the following error occours:

linux-e2eh:~ # nano
Error opening terminal: cygwin.
linux-e2eh:~ # pico
‘cygwin’: unknown terminal type.

Can anybody help me?


Do you have the package terminfo-base installed? What do you get from

rpm -q terminfo-base

thank you! the package terminfo-base was installed, but the terminfo package not, that was the problem!

best regards