Cygwin X server 'reset' command

Thomas Dickey
Mon Aug 20 22:00:00 GMT 2007

On Mon, 20 Aug 2007, Jean-Claude Gervais wrote:

> Hello,
> 	I am using the Xterm that ships with Cygwin.

I forget ("xterm -v" would show the patch level), but Cygwin's got a
moderately old xterm.  See

for details on xterm's versions.

> 	When I connect by ssh to a host running Linux, I can run the 
> 'reset' command on that host to clear my xterm and erase its backscroll 
> history.

...sounds right

> 	However, when I am not logged onto a host and execute the 'reset' 
> command locally, it seems to have no effect.

...sounds as if $TERM isn't set properly

> 	In a console-mode bash prompt (cygwin.bat), same behaviour, but I 
> have noticed executing the command 'cmd /c cls' works in this case but 
> not in the graphical xterm.
> 	Although it is not a big problem, I am curious; is there a way to 
> clear the backscroll buffer? The 'clear' command does clear the current 
> screen but not the entire history.

"reset" should behave the same (on the regular cygwin list there's more 
likelihood that you'd get an answer for this).

Thomas E. Dickey

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