A terminal is an environment for text input/output. Inside the terminal, one runs command-line and text mode programs (including shells).

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Disable scroll lock

We have a shell/tty based application that has ~1,000 users. It is running in an environment where X Server is not available. If a user accidently turns on the Scroll Lock, it makes it seem as if the ...
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Escape Code to Change Cursor Shape

I know that Konsole supports an escape code like "\<Esc>]50;CursorShape=0\x7" that will change the cursor shape. I was wondering if any other terminal emulators support changing the cursor shape ...
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Bash: How do you view text that has been “scrolled up too far” in the terminal?

I know there is a simple unix command that allows you to view things from the top and/or allows you to scroll indefinitely toward the top. Not sure what to call it, so it's difficult to google. Thanks ...
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Hash symbol on a teletype

My issue is a bit unusual, so I want to provide a short background. I was looking at old winners of the International Obfucated C Code Contest, and came across an entry written for the PDP-11 (the ...
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How to stop GUI apps spam the terminal?

I start a gui app from a konsole window and it writes out totally useless information. I do not need that. Is there a way to stop this, once and for all? I tried disown, doesnt help. I guess 2>&1 >...
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UNIX be-spoke Shell-Script / Commands

Sorry in advanced if this question would be better suited on SO. Basically, I'm getting used to using the command line interface (linux etc..) and I come across commands like: git [command] .. ...
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Why do only some terminals get a pts

When I try to use write to talk to users logged into an X session results vary depending on which terminal they are using. Gnome terminal can pick up writes, but neither lxterminal nor terminator can. ...
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Using xdg-open for accessing network with normal explorer

I'm working with small network and I want to start network explorer from a terminal. When I tried to type xdg-open network:///server it opened google chrome and did nothing. I also tried to type smb://...
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Urxvt draws lines slowly

I'm using Arch Linux and Urxvt as terminal emulator. When I scroll up/down, text lines gets rendered so slow I can count by top to bottom (heh, 1st line get rendered... ohh, 2nd one! ...). It takes ...
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ALT+F2 doesnt work in Linux Mint Mate

I am trying to install Sublime Text 2 on Linux MINT (Mate) from this tutorial. http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/907 and I'm stuck on: Next , to create a menu icon press Alt+F2 and type: ...
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How to refresh a window by terminal? Or how to simulate `F5`?

I would like a way to refresh a specific window by the terminal. Probably I will need a comand to find the id or the name of the window and a command to refresh it. It looks like xrefresh cannot do ...
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Input freeze when X starts on other terminal

I have a Packard Bell F2011HC-125GE running a Debian Squeeze-based Linux. After a few days of usage i found the system freezes from time to time. It's obvious the freezes happen, when X starts while ...
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How can I change locale/encoding to avoid getting weird characters in terminal?

I have installed tree on my ubuntu box, when i connect to it from Putty and I launch tree i get this : $ tree âââ html.vim -> xml.vim âââ js.vim -> xml.vim âââ xml.vim instead of this : $ ...
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is writing to slow storage in nohup mode blocking the process?

If I have a process writing to nohup and the storage where it writes to is slow, does it block the process which is running in nohup? For example: process A is running in nohup, it needs to write 10 ...
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What's the difference between these ways of accessing the shell?

From what I know it seems that there are many ways to access the shell on Linux. So far the methods I know are: To use a program such as Terminal or Konsole To use the shortcuts CTRL + ALT + F1-6 To ...
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How does “man” restore the screen when I quit the program?

If I open a man page of a program like cat or ls, it prints (may not be the appropriate word) the contents of the man page and when I press q, it shows the screen just like before invoking the man ...
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Perl script, do cd on terminal

In Script to change current directory (cd, pwd) it is shown how to run a bash script that changes terminal directory. But how do i run a perl script that runs a bash script that changes terminal ...
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How to set the bash display to not show the vim text after exit?

My question is simple, but I am finding it hard to frame/explain it easily. I log into several Unix boxes with different accounts. I see 2 different things for user1 and user2, while editing text ...
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Why do I get this 'Erase is backspace' message after I do a reset in xterm?

So when I do a reset in xterm I get something like this: Erase is backspace. [omarg@computer]: I've already checked my .bashrc and .Xdefaults files but it doesn't seem like that message is being ...
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Change $TERMINFO in bashrc script

I'm trying to set TERMINFO="$HOME/.terminfo" within my .bashrc script. The reason being is that my terminal isn't in the system terminfo location, and so I have its terminfo file in my home directory. ...
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Fonts bug in terminal (Arch)

I' ve installed droid fonts, after that in terminal I see the word not well, someone is on another As you can see the problems are especially with 'm' and 'w' What's the problem?
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Difference between commands in bash script and commands in terminal

Are there any differences between commands that you type into the terminal and commands you include in a script?
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ncmpcpp character problem

This was really wired! All = became q on my xfce4-terminal app, what's wrong with it? Any ideas? %> set | grep LANG LANG=en_US.utf8 LANGUAGE=en_US.utf8
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How can I kill a job that was initiated in another shell (terminal window or tab)?

If I begin a process and background it in a terminal window (say ping google.com &), I can kill it using kill %1 (assuming it is job 1). However if I open another terminal window (or tab) the ...
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wait for autossh connection to complete

I'm trying to create a script that runs a few commands that take a long time to execute and require a constant connection, but autossh user@server wait $! #or wait ${!} commandA commandB doesn't ...
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Getting or cloning the users current terminal?

I have to work with a script that forks and launches an instance of xterm in order to display log output in one window and have an interactive interface in the other. Personally I prefer rxvt-unicode ...
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Disable colours on terminal and SSH

My local Linux machine has coloured terminal output like this; When I SSH to a pfSense/BSD box it changes the colours like this; Even when I SSH from to a machine that doesn't have a coloured ...
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How to view output for ALL processes simultaneously?

I know that you can connect to various background processes to watch their console output, but is there a way to view the output of all processes at once? Likely it would scroll quickly and be hard to ...
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How to create cross-platform keyboard bind commands?

I'd like to have the same keyboard shortcuts in all the terminals I use. Since they don't have the same *nix on them, and since terminals can be very different, I'm looking for a reasonably portable ...
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Unix User Level Keylogger

I need to record my own keystroke data for some academic research. I wrote a regular keylogger for Windows, but now I need to write one for a Unix environment, with the constraint that I have only ...
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PseudoTerminal concept in Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the exact difference between a ‘terminal’, a ‘shell’, a ‘tty’ and a ‘console’? This question follows directly from another question of mine in this great forum. ...
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Concept of controlling terminal in Unix

Can some one please explain in an easy to understand way the concept of controlling terminal in unix and unix like systems ? Is it related to a session ? If yes, then how ?
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Redirecting syslogd Error Messages to an Error Log or to a Null File?

I have an old PowerPC laptop (old Mac Powerbook G4) that I am running a variant of Debian Squeeze on (MintPPC 9). I keep getting Kernel error messages when I am connected to a particular wireless ...
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Reset background to transparent with tmux?

I recently set up tmux-powerline and noticed that the background color on the status-left, if changed, refuses to go back to default and transparent (if transparency is enabled). I was able to fix ...
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Battery Bar in URxvt?

I was looking through an ArchLinux thread on URxvt, and I came across a setup at post #184 that I am going crazy looking for. It looks like there's some kind of battery bar in the PS1, with a ...
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mouse in midnight commander works only under root

I posted a question a little time ago about mouse that doesn't work with terminal, and then I remarked that mouse works fine, but only under root. Can I change this behavior? It seems i need to ...
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How do I detect a copy event in Finder?

I am trying to strip formatting from text copied from my Illustrator docs. Someone accurately pointed out to me that running pbpaste | pbcopy via command-line will perform this action on text in the ...
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Mac Terminal - moving files

I am trying to use Mac Terminal command to move files to a new location. I have a list of almost 2000 filenames with full paths in a text file. (All of them are in one parent directory, but ...
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Stop receiving signals when running music from terminal

I can play music in my music collection by typing: 'vlc somefile.mp3 &' Which works great except that I always start receiving some signals from the execution of playing that song. In the ...
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How to copy from/to the tmux 'clipboard' with shell pipes?

When working in a shell environment I run fairly often into the need to copy 'intermediate pipe output' around (eg. from/to already running editors, to other shells, other machines, etc.). When in a ...
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Launch terminal in su mode XFCE

I want to set up a launcher for my terminal in XFCE that automatically prompts for the su password, in gnome my shortcut was: gnome-terminal --command="su -" --geometry=180x40+400+80 How do I ...
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emacs colors based on $TERM environment variable

I want to know if it is possible to make emacs, when running in a gnu screen or tmux session, use the same colors as when TERM=xterm. In a gnu screen or tmux session, TERM=screen and emacs uses a ...
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Why don't my arrow keys work in sh?

I recently installed Ubuntu and when I run sh on the Terminal my arrow keys don't work so I can't go through my call history or edit whatever I'm typing. It just comes out as weird characters like ^[[...
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Terminal 256 colors don't work through Tmux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting 256 colors to work in tmux I want to set my terminal to 256 colors. I normally use the Gnome terminal which is shipped by default in Ubuntu but I also downloaded ...
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Lost ls directory highlighting after a crash

Normally commands such as ls and grep offer nice syntax highlighting for me. But my system crashed (running an ubuntu VM) and after I restarted, I no longer have this highlighting, it's all a dreary ...
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How to stop a infinite running process (ztail) started by a ssh session after that session is closed

I have a peculiar problem. My server supports multiple ssh session simultaneously, so that multiple admins can manage (via command line interface) it simultaneously. We have a command which calls ...
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Is it possible to modify the colors in bash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to configure Bash so that STDERR can be a different color than STDOUT? In bash, the only color I know how to modify is the prompt, using \[ and \]. From the ...
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Sending function keys (F1-F12) over SSH

I have a Fedora machine that I can SSH to. One of the programs I'd like to use occasionally uses the function keys. The problem is that I'm SSH'ing from an Android tablet (ASUS Transformer Infinity) ...
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How to use the Meta/Alt Key with tput?

I want to redefine keybindings for the commandline of a lisp dialect. The commandline is actually modeled after Vi and implemented with tput/terminfo. I want an alternative version with Emacs ...
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Setting tab width in C++ output in bash

I have a c++ program and I use the tab character "\t" to organize my output to a human-readable columns. However, 8-spaces-wide column in bash is too narrow for me. How can I increase it? Note: In C++...