reset man page

reset — reset the terminal


reset calls tput(1) with the clear, rmacs, rmm, rmul, rs1, rs2, and rs3 arguments. This causes tput to send appropriate reset strings to the terminal based on information in /etc/termcap (for the GNU or BSD tput) or in the terminfo database (for the ncurses tput). This sequence seems to be sufficient to reset a Linux VC when it starts printing "funny-looking" characters. For good measure, stty(1) is called with the sane argument in an attempt to get cooked mode back.

See Also

clear(1), stty(1), tput(1)


Rik Faith (faith@cs.unc.edu)


The reset command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/ut….


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