Subject: Re: resetting keyboard (and maybe screen) after exiting X
To: Steve Bellovin , <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Richard Rauch <email@example.com>
Date: 12/04/2001 07:13:32
It might not be a keyboard problem...
When you type commands, even though the _display_ is munged, what happens
when you hit the return key? E.g., if you type ``ls -l /'', no matter
what you see when you type it? (To be sure of things, hit the return key
before starting the new command...)
The reason that I ask is that when I exit X, I tend to (sometimes) get the
some noise stuck in the keyboard input queue. I haven't seen this in a
while, but as I recall, the noise also echos to the screen. That in turn
could cause a display problem if the noise happens to include the
control-I (``shift in'') ASCII code. It affects output display, but not
input handling. (To fix it, then, you need only do get a control-O (shift
out) character sent to the console.)
So, hit return once to use up whatever's in the input queue, and type a
command (like ls -l /) that produces enough output to tell whether the
system is correctly reading ``ls -l /'', or something else.
(I assume, from what you say about the screen being ``in "weird mode"''
that you can't read any output that the computer gives after that point.)
``I probably don't know what I'm talking about.'' --firstname.lastname@example.org