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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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++...
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How to stop appearance of ^T% in the first line when I open a new lxterminal tab with ^T in zsh?

Steps to reproduce: Have zsh as default shell. Open a new terminal. for example, with Ctrl+Alt+T. Press Ctrl+Shift+T to open a new terminal tab. ^T% appears as the first line I'm running ubuntu 11....
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is it possible to run job in foreground after user logout

I have some job to run which need be attached to terminal (or in foreground). The job is run in remote servers, and needs keep running after the users logout. I am aware of vnc server, however, I want ...
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Export terminal display to PDF

I want to include the display of my terminal in a beamer presentation. Simply taking a screenshot, however, produces a fairly low-resolution png that looks poor in the presentation. I would like it ...
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Clear / erase a mistyped invisible password on a shell / terminal in Linux

One thing that annoys me using Linux's terminal is when I have to type a invisble password, like when you run ssh. Sometimes I mistype one or more letters and then I have to press backspace key a few ...
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Show current “setterm” values/settings

I know that setterm can be used to adjust parameters such as screen blanking time on a virtual console. How can I show the current setterm settings/values for all parameters?
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Command line input while a running script displays strange symbols

If I use the bash shell cli and run some program which doesn't return immediately, then I input some letters (basically typing the next command before noticing the previous didn't finish) and the ...
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Backspace, del, arrow keys not working with interactive programs in Tilda

I currently run Openbox on a light netinstall of Debian. In Tilda, when I use a program like nslookup or winexe, some of my keys do not work properly. Backspace generates ^? Up generates ^[[A ...
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How to echo (a (executable-)string) to the prompt, so that the cursor flashes at the end of the line?

How to echo (a (executable-)string) to the prompt to make the cursor sit at the end of the line? So that I can hit Enter to execute or Ctrl-C to throw away the line. Is this possible at all? I ...
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Silent boot opensuse without fbsplash

I want to boot my openSUSE 10.3 distro without any boot messages. I've looked at fbsplash, but it requires patching the kernel, a thing which I cannot do at the moment (not because I don't want it or ...
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Force telnet / ssh to use crtl-H for backspace

I have some devices connected to a Cisco serial term server; many work fine when I telnet directly to the port on the Cisco. However, I have a few stubborn devices that will not use Backspace as it ...
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Fixing scrolling in nano running in tmux in mate-terminal

The problem: I open a terminal (in Linux Mint, so mate-terminal) zsh is the shell Then I run tmux Edit a file with nano Scroll up and down that file with the cursor Issue: When scrolling down in ...
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limit stdout to terminal output speed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I limit the output speed of stdout? What's the easiest way to limit the speed at which stdout is output in a terminal, so that, for instance, tail -f outputs ...
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Change the PS1 color based on the background color?

I learned that I can change the format of PS1, especially the color of the string. Then, is it possible to change the color based on the background color of the shell? Or, how can I detect the ...
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Searching command history

I search the terminal command history by pressing Ctrlr but what if: This is an old command This is an | less -S older command I press Ctrlr and then I type "this is an" and the old command commes ...
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Terminal - display too small to run menuconfig?

I am trying to install drivers and when I try to run the command make menuconfig I get the error message that the "display is too small" for that command? What does this mean, and how to solve this? ...
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How to put “glue” CWD (etc.) to part of the screen instead of putting into PS1?

I suspect there’s some terminology for this question that I’m not aware of. It’s hard to check if a question has already been answered if one doesn’t know the proper vocabulary. So, sorry if this is ...
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How to download all images from a website (not webpage) using the terminal?

I want a command that I type a URL, for example photos.tumblr.com, and it download all photos on this site in a folder, but not only images of the site's homepage. This command need to download the ...
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Is it possible to select tabs as tabs with mouse in urxvt?

I am running urxvt on Arch Linux. I can select the output with mouse for copy / paste. The problem occurs when output contains tabulators. All tabulators are selected and copied as spaces. That makes ...
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What to change to place text in the centre of the screen [closed]

The following program will clear the screen #include <stdio.h> int main() { fputs("\033[2J", stdout); return 0; } So, what should I modify/add in the above code to put a text string ...
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GNOME-TERMINAL messed up

If I ssh to a machine and: man df I see this: I'm using GNOME-terminal/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. So somehow the terminal is messed up, when I want to see the ex.: man pages.. How can I fix this?
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How can my script know when I'm in a virtual console vs. an xterm?

A few of my scripts (keymap changing, public key adding) need to act differently when in a virtual console vs. in an xterm. What's the real code for #!/bin/ksh if [[ in_a_virtual_console ]]; then ......
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Cut colored text ignoring color tags

My problem is similar to this one; I want to use cut to simulate a nowrap on tmux, but my output is colored. I know how many columns I want to keep (50) but I don't know how many color tags will be on ...
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Set tab width in GUI terminal

I found that setterm -regtabs 4 doesn't work in xterm or urxvt. But, this xterm_set_tabs () { TERM=linux; export $TERM; setterm -regtabs 4 } will circumvent the problem. But, I suspect ...
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Printing files as PDF with syntax highlighting via terminal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: syntax_highlight <source_file> | lpr I have about 20 Python scripts that I wish to print as PDF. I wish to print them the way GEdit would allow me to, with: Syntax ...
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Disable screen blanking on text console

I'm running linux clusters, mostly on SLES10. The servers are mostly blades, accessed via remote console. There is a real console in the server room, but switched off. I would like to disable the ...
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Control character STTY issue

I am changing control character (e.g- ^C) using stty intr ^_ under root privileges. It changes successfully. But when I am closing terminal and opening terminal again to check whether same ...
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Porting GNOME keyboard shortcuts to URXVT [closed]

I recently switched from gnome terminal to urxvt. I am also a heavy emacs w. tabs user which uses a lot of key combinations similar to urxvt (tab related stuff) like Shift-Left and Shift-Right. These ...
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How to change the background color of curses applications?

I hate that blue background which is everywhere in ncurses applications like: irssi, mc, tig, … I want to change that color, how can I do it? I know that midnight commander has themes, but what about ...
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Why the differences in color between SSH terminal sessions in OSX?

I'm trying to get the colors in an SSH terminal session with a CentOS machine to look the same as it does when I'm SSH'd into my Ubuntu server. If I run echo $TERM in both I get xterm-color as output....
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How to use scriptreplay?

I know I can replay terminal actions with: scriptreplay /path/to/$STARTTIME-timing.txt /path/to/$STARTTIME-log.txt But how can I replay the actions from, for example, the 2nd to the 3rd minute? ...
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is it possible to send a control sequence to a terminal emulator using the keyboard

If you type echo -e '\eZ' and hit return in a shell running in an xterm, you'll see that the terminal emulator prints an obscure code 1;2c. This seems to indicate that xterm interprets the VT100 ...
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How to change readline's/bash's meta key?

Readline/bash use the meta key quite often but it only works when I use the Esc-key for it. How can I configure bash/readline to accept a different key as meta?
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Is here an editor for linux terminal like there is for MS-DOS?

I know that there is an editor built into MS-DOS, so you can create batch (.bat) files. But is there something like that for Linux Mint 12 terminal?
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grep --color adds ANSI code ESC[K - This can change displayed text

Why does grep add ANSI code \e[K to its colored output? I can't see the point of it, but obviously the developers can. It is an ANSI/VT100 Terminal code which is used to "Clear line from current ...
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Display screen caption on the first line of the terminal

When I start a new terminal, the prompt is on the first line. After working for a while (or running a command which produces some output), the prompt is on the last line. There it'll stay during the ...
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GNU Screen does not work when su'ing from root to a normal user

Is it normal, that when I am logged in as root, and the used su user, I can't access that users screen sessions? In this case, screen complains about it not having permissions on /dev/pts/x. I ...
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When a command is over half the terminal size it breaks

Whenever I type in a bash command longer than about half the width of the shell window I'm in, the command breaks like it would if I filled the whole screen 3rd command in image - typed a few xs ...
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Ansi escape code in VIM

I have a log file with colored log entries, where colors are defined by ansi escape codes. When I display the file (using cat or more), terminal understands the ansi codes and logs are colorful. But I ...
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vim on FreeBSD does not react on arrow keys correctly and other vi-like behaviours

I tried to use vim on FreeBSD (via ssh on Linux xterm-compatible terminal). However vim behaves similar to vi out-of-box. For example it does not react on delete key, insert F character instead of ...
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How to properly run “top” command through SSH?

I have to run top command on one computer being on another. My targeted PC has IP 192.168.0.81 I was trying to do it: ssh 192.168.0.81 top But I got this result: top: tcgetattr() failed: Invalid ...
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Terminal with “repeat last” button

I'm often compiling stuff and therefore repeating the same command over and over, so I'd like to benefit from my "visual memory" and have a sort of "repeat last command" button attached to a terminal. ...
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Print folders names character count

I am trying to use find . -type d -print | wc -m where -m or --chars would print the character counts of the folder names. Take following screen shot as example, the character count for tempFolder + ...