terminal characters

Alexandra Zaharia f0rg3r at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 18:38:27 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 7:58 PM, Verde Denim<tdldev at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm a bit baffled by this -
> I'm running 8.04LTS 64-bit
> When I type into a terminal, I either get black rectangles where the
> characters should be, or i get blank spaces, but once I hit return, the
> commandline shows what I typed in plain text.
> Has anyone seen anything like this before? I've been running Ubuntu for a
> while now, and haven't ever seen this type of behavior. While I don't make
> mistakes in typing the commands that often,
> it is really irritating not to be able to see what I'm typing (especially
> for commands like mencoder). I've even noticed it will behave the same way
> within vi...
> Any input is appreciated.
> Jack

This sounds very awkward.

I haven't seen this behavior.

However, did this happen from the very beginning i.e. since you
actually installed Ubuntu 8.04 x64? Or it started to happen at some
point, later on?

Also, if from the Live CD (assuming you still have it) it works, then
it's definitely a setting in your user's environment/profile that has
this unexpected outcome.

What you could also do would be to create some 'test' user and see if,
with the default settings, this is still reproducible.

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