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When I type a command e.g.

cd /etc/   

I get the following

cd /etc$ 

if I press the backslash key again then I get the correct entry

cd /etc/  

I am using gnome but I get the same problem with KDE.

Does anyone know what may be causing this problem?

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Underscore or dollar sign? Backslash or backspace? Please describe exactly the sequence of keys that you type. –  Gilles Jun 27 '11 at 20:24
    
Is the $ a real character? What happens if you don't hit the backspace and hit Enter? Does it send cd /etc/$ to the prompt, or does it ignore the $? –  Chance Jun 27 '11 at 20:35
    
Note: Please use codetags, to distinguish code from description in prose. –  user unknown Jun 27 '11 at 20:38
    
You write if I press the backslash key again, but why do you hit it, and in which way again? Do you confuse slash and backslash here? What do you mean? And: to cd into /etc you don't need a trailing slash. –  user unknown Jun 27 '11 at 20:39
    
And in the headline, you're talking about an underscore problem. What do you mean by that? –  user unknown Jun 27 '11 at 20:44
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Sounds like your shell is severely misinformed about the terminal type you are using. This is normally communicated to applications through the TERM environment variable, I believe. I think the usual situation is to have an export TERM=xterm or similar in your .bashrc or other file that is automatically executed on login or when a shell is spawned.

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