Fix corrupted terminal output

Chris St Denis chris at
Wed Sep 24 07:22:59 UTC 2008

Andreas Davour wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Sep 2008, Chris St Denis wrote:
>> Occasionally, I accidentially cat a binary file or a directory casing 
>> the terminal output to be corrupted with text looking like (don't 
>> know if this will make it through the mail cleanly)
>>   E???? ??? ?? ?????????.
>>   ????2#
>> To fix this normally I just close the window and open a new ssh 
>> connection, but I am wondering if there is a more clean way to do 
>> this. I've tried reset(1), but it doesn't seem to help any.
> What termnial emulator are you using? KDE Konsole have an "Edit->Reset 
> & Clear Terminal" menu alternative that usually manages to clear such 
> problems up for me.
> /Andreas

I use putty ssh client (on windows). I had thought it was a console 
change rather than terminal editor specific.

I'll try the things people have suggested here next time it happens.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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