RESET(1)                        User Commands                       RESET(1)

NAME         top

       reset - reset the terminal

SYNOPSIS         top


DESCRIPTION         top

       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         top

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

AUTHOR         top

       Rik Faith (

AVAILABILITY         top

       The reset command is part of the util-linux package and is available

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util-linux                      October 1993                        RESET(1)

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