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So when I do a reset in xterm I get something like this:

Erase is backspace.

I've already checked my .bashrc and .Xdefaults files but it doesn't seem like that message is being invoked from there.


  • When I do a reset in a TTY I don't get that message.
  • Arch Linux user.
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This message comes from reset itself, have a look at the source or to be more precise the report function.

Please be aware that the official homepage is http://invisible-island.net/ncurses/ and not the linked repository.

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Woah thanks a lot, reset -Q did the trick. It's just a matter of creating an alias. (: – omar G Jan 5 '13 at 21:30

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