Shell - Viewing a binary file: Terminal illegible

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Issue


When you unintentionally display contents of a binary file (e.g. cat /bin/mount | more), it may happens that the terminal displays characters which are not printable, causing the display of totally unreadable special characters.

Solution


In such cases, if a CTRL-L is not enough simply type:


echo [CTRL]+v [Esc] c [Enter]
Published by netty5. Latest update on April 26, 2010 at 11:29 AM by deri58.
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