On different Linux distributions I experienced that pressing ctrl-c to stop a program (like 'cmp') or completion causes the terminal (usually xterm or gnome-terminal) to not echo the input any more. Blindly typing 'reset' fixes the terminal again. Does anyone else experiences this or even better knows how to fix it? I find it hard to reproduce and I am certain that some years ago it worked reliable.

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    I wouldn't expect killing cmp to have that effect. I can see it happening if you're running something that disables echo itself and doesn't handle SIGINT properly. – Keith Thompson Jul 15 '16 at 0:03
  • There've been several complaints about python command-interpreters (enough to make a nice entry in an FAQ someplace). – Thomas Dickey Jul 15 '16 at 0:10
  • @KeithThompson, exactly. That it happens with programs like 'cmp' is what really surprises me. – wonderingnewbie Jul 15 '16 at 0:15
  • The most likely explanation is that it's a consequence of your shell configuration. What shell are you using? Post its configuration files. Can you reproduce this in bash --norc or zsh -f or ksh? – Gilles Jul 15 '16 at 22:26
  • @Gilles, I use bash (I had added the bash flag to indicate that but it was removed). Using it in the default configuration for a long time is sadly not really an option for me. – wonderingnewbie Jul 17 '16 at 17:16

The problem occurs because some programs do not cleanup properly when they are interrupted. The usual fix would be to use reset (you'll get less satisfactory results using stty sane):


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