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Using tput to save, clear and restore the terminal contents

Terminal - Using tput to save, clear and restore the terminal contents
tput smcup; echo "Doing some things..."; sleep 2; tput rmcup
2009-10-08 16:48:04
User: jgc
Functions: echo sleep tput
Using tput to save, clear and restore the terminal contents

Very useful for interactive scripts where you would like to return the terminal contents to its original state before the script was run. This would be similar to how vi exits and returns you to your original terminal screen.

Save and clear the terminal contents with:

tput smcup

Execute some commands, then restore the saved terminal contents with:

tput rmcup


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That's brilliant, unfortunately, it doesn't work if your $TERM is screen :(

Comment by flipouk 310 weeks and 6 days ago

I know. Lots of stuff breaks with screen. It's a shame really.

Comment by jgc 310 weeks and 5 days ago

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