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how come in *all* the linux distros, when you run a program like updatedb, you can still type characters and directional keys displays strange characters on the screen, this also ...
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  1. #1
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    shell display problem


    how come in *all* the linux distros, when you run a program like updatedb, you can still type characters and directional keys displays strange characters on the screen, this also happens in the login screen, even when typing the password, and during boot time

  2. #2
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    Just because the key presses are interpreted and printed to screen if there is nothing else there which is captring them for a specific use.

    It's not like it's a problem. It doesn't break anything and if you don't like seeing it stop pressing keys when doing those thigns.

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    another bug is that when you run something like [man rxvt] and press [Ctrl-\], the display messes up, it looks like this
    Code:
           line.  Option descriptions may be prefixed with  which  compile  option
           each  is  dependent  upon.   e.g.  `Compile  XIM:■  requires XIM on the
           Options line.  Note: `rxvt -help■ gives  a  list  of  all  command-line
    :/usr/bin/nroff: line 89:   252 Quit                    PATH=$GROFF_BIN_PATH:$PA
    TH groff -mtty-char $T $opts ${1+"$@"}
    Error executing formatting or display command.
    System command (cd /usr/X11R6/man && (echo ".pl 1100i"; /usr/bin/bzip2 -c -d '/u
    sr/X11R6/man/man1/rxvt.1.bz2'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/gt
    bl | /usr/bin/nroff -Tlatin1 -mandoc -c | /usr/bin/less -isrR) exited with statu
    s 131.
    No manual entry for rxvt
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh: dsds: command not found
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh: sd: command not found
    sh-2.05b# sh: sd: command not found
    sh-2.05b# sh: sd: command not found
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh: sddferf: command not found
    sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b# sh-2.05b#
    anything you type wont be visible now, but the programs will still execute, you now have to exit the current shell or type [reset]

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