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Clear the terminal screen

Terminal - Clear the terminal screen
2009-03-18 17:38:49
User: mrttlemonde
Clear the terminal screen


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
2011-09-28 04:02:07
User: nulluser
Functions: clear

works in /bin/bash

2012-02-03 20:21:35
User: gorrepati

Ctrl+L just rolls up your screen. Try Ctrl+Shift+X if you dont want to get confused between what was before on the screen, and what would be there when you run the next command

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What others think

also: tput clear

Comment by mpb 317 weeks and 5 days ago

@mpb: Command "clear" alone does the same.

@mrttlemonde: I actually found this one by mistake today. Good shortcut since I was a "clear" addict.

Comment by skinp 317 weeks and 5 days ago

It's the little things. :)

Comment by Williebee 317 weeks and 5 days ago

Nice :)

Comment by Alanceil 317 weeks and 4 days ago

This is great, if you have the emacs keyboard shortcuts enabled for your shell. If you have the vi keyboard shortcuts, this won't work.

Comment by atoponce 317 weeks and 4 days ago

For OS-X ctrl + l it is not really clean screen, it just move log up out current screen so you still able to scroll it.

When you press command + k it really clear console. As I know Linuxes behave similar, you should find right shortcut.

Comment by ab 248 weeks and 3 days ago


Comment by phoenix24 228 weeks and 2 days ago

It is useful when you typing a command and you want to clear!:)

Comment by light13 227 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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