Text screen becomes graphics

cpghost cpghost at cordula.ws
Fri Aug 12 12:31:36 GMT 2005

On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 12:47:20PM -0400, Tuc at T-B-O-H wrote:
>         I'll be in a text window, no X running, and not doing anything
> complicated, and all of a sudden I'd get the screen looking like a bar code.
> I can't figure a way to clear it. If I start X, then exit out, its still
> seeming to be in graphics mode.
>         Any idea whats happening?

This normally happens when you try to display binary files (e.g. with
cat(1)). One of the control characters toggles the terminal into this
mode, and another non printable control character toggles it back.
IIRC they were ASCII SI (Ctrl-O) and ASCII SO (Ctrl-N).

You may want to try reset(1) if you terminal gets garbled.

>                         Thanks, Tuc


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