spurious binary output on ls (SEC: UNCLASSIFIED)

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Mon Mar 3 13:21:32 EST 2003

On 28 Feb 2003, "Lisman, Jarrad FLGOFF" <Jarrad.Lisman at defence.gov.au> wrote:
> Hi
> I am getting a weird output when running ls in a few directories. Firstly ls
> will report a file or directory named "?" and if I do ls -al I get an
> Input/Output error and several spurious binary outputs, which then proceed
> to kill my terminal as per the usual "cat"ing of a binary file.

You can often restore sanity to your terminal by running the command
"reset".  It's often a good idea to hit C-c a couple of times first to
get a clean prompt.  This will work even if you can't see the
characters you're typing in because the terminal is very messed up.


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