Ctrl+S Ctrl+Q terminal output lock and unlock

Ctrl+S Ctrl+Q
These are simple shortcuts to pause and continue terminal output, works in most terminals and screen multiplexers like screen. You can use it to catch something if things change too fast, and scroll with Shift + PgUp PgDown. On linux console ScrollLock can also be used.

2009-04-02 09:27:09

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This is a trick I learned from MS-DOS 2.x day, only to realized MS-DOS copied from Unix.
haivu · 637 weeks and 5 days ago
also good to know if you hit the keys accidentally and wonder why your screen session seems frozen.
sud0er · 634 weeks ago
This will not work with the KDE Konsole, the Ctrl+S shortcut is already being used for something else. Worked fine in xterm though.
hk0i · 628 weeks and 4 days ago
'stty -ixon' in your .bashrc will make sure your kbd won't get locked by accident and you can use that key combination for other things.
karol · 556 weeks and 2 days ago

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