reset

Salvage a borked terminal

If you bork your terminal by sending binary data to STDOUT or similar, you can get your terminal back using this command rather than killing and restarting the session. Note that you often won't be able to see the characters as you type them.
Sample Output
␍▒┴␋␍@␊▒⎼├␤:? $ 
␍▒┴␋␍@␊▒⎼├␤:? $ 
␍▒┴␋␍@␊▒⎼├␤:? $ 
␍▒┴␋␍@␊▒⎼├␤:? $ ⎼␊⎽␊├
david@earth:~ $

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By: root
2009-01-28 22:22:01

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What Others Think

Nice to know. I normally always reset it by typing "cat /bin/ls" (you can use any binary file you want) and hitting ^C while it's still cat'ting.
LudoA · 484 weeks and 4 days ago
Use "cat -v" instead of "cat" to cat binary files without borking the terminal.
int19h · 483 weeks and 1 day ago
interesting enough, +enter will fix this as well, no need for external commands.
SiegeX · 483 weeks ago
stupid tag parsing. Lets try this again: interesting enough ctrl+v,ctrl+o then hitting enter will fix this as well, no need for external commands.
SiegeX · 483 weeks ago
reset doesn't always work for me if the terminal is borked, is this a bug or am I doing something wrong? Anyone else encountered reset not resetting the terminal?
int19h · 483 weeks ago
in alternative, this is what I use: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/866/reset-an-hanging-terminal-session
berta · 482 weeks and 6 days ago
@int19h: Yeah, reset doesn't always work.
mulad · 482 weeks and 5 days ago
This is what the 'file' command is for. If you don't know the file type you're about to echo to the terminal, run 'file' on it before hand, then use the right tool to parse its data. If you do, and reset doesn't work, ^Jreset^j might. ^j (ctrl-j) is the ASCII key sequence for the Enter key.
atoponce · 481 weeks and 1 day ago
Interesting, I always use "stty sane" CTRL-J
mpb · 479 weeks ago
'reset' goes with tset and the System V-style termio. stty sane does much the same thing but is portable to the older style terminal driver.
CharlieInCO · 458 weeks and 5 days ago
I simply have the solution SiegeX presented as part of my system prompt so I never get borked. Using Vi in binary mode I edited my .bashrc and inserted the control character into the PS1 variable so that PS1="\u@\h^O" (^O produced with ctrl+v,ctrl+o) No more borked terminals.
john6of6 · 450 weeks ago

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