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I have two problems, in both cases the problem usually occurs when I resize my terminal client xterm.

  1. When ssh'd into a server all the output from commands doesn't scroll. It doesn't happen right away.
  2. Occasionally the margins don't resize when the client resizes.

I have seen an article on a command to run to fix this, but I can't seem to find it again.

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You can force a reset of terminal state -- reset command might work. If it doesn't, send a RIS sequence to xterm -- printf "\033c"

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The resize command should fix this. Try

eval `resize`

if you are in the bash shell (note the backticks).

Here's a reference.

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What if the remote machine doesn't have xterm? – frogstarr78 Jan 19 '11 at 16:47
I think (despite what that article says) that resize works in many other shells besides xterm. Is that what you are asking? – Phil Hollenback Jan 19 '11 at 17:29
yes. my experience says otherwise though. – frogstarr78 Jan 21 '11 at 21:22 least on a redhat distro. – frogstarr78 Jan 28 '11 at 17:38
This doesn't seem to help either: shopt -s checkwinsize – frogstarr78 Apr 27 '11 at 17:00

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