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I have a problem with my Ubuntu server. I start a new remote ssh session (from windows putty or ubuntu client) to my server. After a while (I think it is when I hide the console window), my input is not shown in the console. But when I type for example "ls", I get the listing.

This means that the input was sended, but I don't see it. I can only close the console and start a new ssh session. But the next annoying point is, that when I start a new screen and I have this problem there, it don't go away after reconnecting. I have to restart the screen bash.

Does anyone have an idea whats going wrong? It seems that it is a problem on the server, because I tried with windows and linux with the same result.

thanks plucked

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This can happen after a program dies leaving a terminal in an abnormal state. To fix it temporary you "reset" the terminal with:

$ reset
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My Hero! It works. Thanks. –  plucked Aug 26 '09 at 11:29
Happy to help :) –  rkthkr Aug 26 '09 at 15:27
In the rare cases where the icrnl line setting has been disabled, it is advisable to type Control-J reset Control-J. (you can ignore the spaces). Return typically sends CR, which is converted to NL on input if icrnl is enabled. If it's not, then typing something and pressing Return does not send the command to the shell. –  ΤΖΩΤΖΙΟΥ Oct 30 '09 at 1:08

When you can't see the command that you are typing, can you see the prompt and the cursor?

If not, the next time that happens, try the clear command, then try typing something and see if you can see it.

If this helps, then it probably means that your prompt is hidden below the bottom of the window for some reason. Either resize the window or scroll back down (you may have scrolled up in the window buffer somehow).

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I don't see the cursor and clear doesn't help )o: –  plucked Aug 26 '09 at 11:28
Do you see the prompt? Did clear clear the screen? –  Dennis Williamson Aug 26 '09 at 12:56

If reset fixes your problem, then you probally are running an application which messes with your terminal settings.

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