tput smcup; echo "Doing some things..."; sleep 2; tput rmcup

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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By: jgc
2009-10-08 16:48:04

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What Others Think

That's brilliant, unfortunately, it doesn't work if your $TERM is screen :(
flipouk · 446 weeks and 6 days ago
I know. Lots of stuff breaks with screen. It's a shame really.
jgc · 446 weeks and 5 days ago

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