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Resets terminal in its original state

Terminal - Resets terminal in its original state
^[c (ctrl-v esc-c)
2009-03-18 15:15:24
User: angrox
Resets terminal in its original state

Resets a scrambled terminal into its orignal state.


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uh, what's wrong with the reset command?

Comment by linuxrawkstar 319 weeks and 4 days ago

linuxrawkstar: "reset" takes five keystrokes. This new command takes only four. That's like... 20 whole milliseconds returned to my life, man.

Comment by Zenexer 319 weeks and 4 days ago

Reset is pretty universal. I can't seem to get this puppy to work anywhere.

Comment by ozymandias 319 weeks and 4 days ago

there is nothing wrong with the reset command but I thought the information is useful that there is more than one way to to it :-) So please don't be to harsh with me :-)

Comment by angrox 319 weeks and 4 days ago

ozy: when pressing ctrl-v and then esc-c you see the following in the terminal: ^[c

After pressing reset the terminal window is cleared, only showing ": command not found". The terminal hast now a new initizalization.

Comment by angrox 319 weeks and 4 days ago

Me, I always appreciate awkward ways of doing thing ;-) At least I learned something new. +1

Comment by anders 319 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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