I'm running Fedora 16. When I'm using vim or the terminal and I mistakenly direct the cursor to an inaccessible place, eg when the cursor is all the way to the top or left of the screen, the whole screen blinks. How can I disable this?

I really like fedora but this setting drives me nuts.

  • Most terminals let you choose between that screen flash and an audible bell. Some let you turn it off, so that you wouldn't depend on a per-application setting. What terminal emulator do you use? Mar 2, 2012 at 22:32

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It's called "Visual Bell" - see this question for how to fix it in bash.

set bell-style none
  • Thanks for pointing that put, I didn't know that it was called visual bell. I've entered 'set bell-style none' and bind 'set bell-style none' in the .bashrc file but it hasn't had any effect. I've been able to turn it off in vim though, see below. unix.stackexchange.com/questions/5310/…
    – NiallJG
    Mar 2, 2012 at 2:32

The method that worked for me under Fedora 21 was unset LS_COLORS, to erase the contents of that environment variable.

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