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What exactly is 'scrollback' and 'scrollback buffer'?

What are "scrollback" and "scrollback buffer" in programs like bash and screen, and how do they relate to the tty, the programs being run, and stdin/ stdout/ stderr? Here is the only definition of ...
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How do I run a command on a TTY from a SSH session?

Does anyone know of a way that I could run a command from my ssh session and have it display on tty1? It seems like I could do that like: script command >> /dev/tty1. However, if I were to do ...
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What are the responsibilities of each Pseudo-Terminal (PTY) component (software, master side, slave side)?

I am trying to figure out how a tty works1 (the work-flow and responsibilities of each elements). I have read several interesting articles about it, but there are still some blurry areas. This is ...
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How do you find what keys the “erase” and “line-kill” characters are in Ubuntu?

I'm new to Unix and have bought today a copy of "The Unix Programming Environment". I'm trying out the stuff from the book. But some of them are not working as expected like : To kill a line and ...
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1answer
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How to restore from a scrambled screen?

My screen is scrambled while reading some unexpected chars, It happens in a local tty, so logging out won't help. Any ideas? Hopefully I don't have to reboot
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1answer
41 views

Cannot figure out how to revert back to backed up profile file

Basically, I made a backup copy of my /etc/profile (or ~/.profile I can't remember exactly) file that executes as soon as you login to a TTY, and then I changed the one that was there, and now it ...
2
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3answers
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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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1answer
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Does each user get his/her own tty(s)?

I put a simple echo command in a CLI tty by user1 expecting it to reach user2 who is logged in a separate tty. echo "Hello, world!" >> /dev/tty5 I expected user2 to get the echo message but ...
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1answer
241 views

What should interactive shells do in orphaned process groups?

(Re-posting in unix per the suggestion in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13718394/what-should-interactive-shells-do-in-orphaned-process-groups) The short question is, what should a shell do if it ...
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5answers
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How can I run `watch` as a background job?

When I run: watch 'cmd >> output.txt' & the job gets suspended by the system: 3569 Stopped (tty output) Is there a workaround?
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What is the exact difference between a 'terminal', a 'shell', a 'tty' and a 'console'?

I think these terms almost refer to the same thing, when used loosely: terminal shell tty console What exactly does each of these terms refer to?