Alternate Screen

Gleb Popov arrowd at
Sat May 15 20:11:07 UTC 2021

On Sat, May 15, 2021 at 11:07 PM Kevin Oberman <rkoberman at> wrote:

> We went through this "alternate screen" thing about 12 or more years ago
> and almost everyone hated it except those used to Linux behavior. I don't
> think it ever made it into a release after all of the screams of pain. It
> drives me crazy when editing on the Linux Mint VM I run from time to time.
> I've never been able to figure out why anyone would find it an improvement
> an I suspect it was inserted in some Unix code back in the days of the
> VT100 or VT220 terminal which were super popular and supported it. I guess
> it's because someone thought it was a cool thing and that terminal based
> editors were the perfect use.
> In any case, please make it STOP!
> --
> Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
> E-mail: rkoberman at
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Sorry for the noise, but in my case it turned out to be specific to my
terminal emulator - Konsole. It has an option called "reflow lines when
terminal resized". Turning it off restored an old behavior for me.

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