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Old 06-29-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
AviJacobson
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"clear" and "reset" bash commands broken


I recently noticed upon exiting from root in a bash shell (i.e., "exit" after "su -") that I got an error "-bash: clear: command not found"

I couldn't figure out why this was happening, so I tried entering "clear" in a command prompt window, both as a user and as root. In both cases, I noticed that neither "clear" nor "reset" works in bash, and neither binary can be found on my filesystem. How did this happen? How do I fix it?

I'm using FC4, kernel 2.6.16-1.2111_FC4.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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There is no need to post the same question in more than one thread. I am not sure what could have caused your problem (it could be anything e.g. a security breach or someone accidentally deleted the commands). Try reinstalling the coreutils package.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 03:29 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by AviJacobson
I recently noticed upon exiting from root in a bash shell (i.e., "exit" after "su -") that I got an error "-bash: clear: command not found"

I couldn't figure out why this was happening, so I tried entering "clear" in a command prompt window, both as a user and as root. In both cases, I noticed that neither "clear" nor "reset" works in bash, and neither binary can be found on my filesystem. How did this happen? How do I fix it?

I'm using FC4, kernel 2.6.16-1.2111_FC4.
Both clear and reset are included in the package named "ncurses-5.4-19.fc4" on my FC4 machine. I would suggest that you make sure you have that package installed on your machine.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 03:51 PM   #4
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Apologies for posting my query in separate forums. Being a newbie here and a veteran of Usenet (where crossposting is a tradition), I did not realize this was against the rules.

Yes, it was an ncurses issue. It's a long story but here is the gist: In order to solve a dependency issue on a particular software package (rpm), I needed to install a particular file (libtinfo.so.5) which is supposed to be part of ncurses but which Feodra's RPM version of ncurses did not include. So I searched and found a non-rpm version of ncurses that included libtinfo.so.5, and unpacked, compiled and installed it (without first uninstalling the RPM version). However, I still couldn't get the other rpm installed (it still reported a dependency problem), so I gave up on it. I then did make uninstall on the ncurses version I had installed.

When I understood that my clear and reset problems might have been caused by my ncurses installation/uninstallation, I checked to see if the old ncurses rpm was still installed. rpm -q showed that it was, and it did not occur to me that the rpm database would still list ncurses as installed even if I had inadvertantly deleted some of the files it had installed.

After reading your posting, I downloaded the ncurses rpm (same version I already had) and reinstalled it using --force. That did the trick.

Thanks for your quick response, and I apologize once again for the duplicate posting.
 
Old 06-29-2006, 04:59 PM   #5
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Ahh, for some reason I thought they were part of the coreutils package. Anyway I am glad you got it sorted.
 
Old 06-30-2006, 12:20 AM   #6
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Ahh, for some reason I thought they were part of the coreutils package. Anyway I am glad you got it sorted.
Yeah, glad you got it to work too.
 
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