Re: vc scrollback

Dan Merillat (
Mon, 2 Oct 1995 07:32:28 -0400 (EDT)

On Sun, 1 Oct 1995, Todd Fries wrote:

> I just thought of something that probably will end up
> low on the priority list, but is a concern, and is
> why I am mentioning it.
> When I was typing a personal letter on the console, I
> emailed it, cleared the screen, and logged out.
> Curiously, I hit alt-pageup and to my surprise, part
> of the letter was 'viewable'.
> so I hit enter an appropriate number of times at the
> getty prompt to clear the buffer of my letter.
> I am assuming there should be a user-level program
> that clears the buffer, or maybe not, but anyway
> this stuck me as odd and therefore I thought I'd
> mention it.

A clear screen code flushes most of the vc. swap to another
and back, that clears it _TOTALLY_ (much to my dissapointment when
I spot something important as I am swapping to another VC.)

But it's better that the buffer gets flushed.