Bizarre terminal behavior

Liam Proven lproven at
Sat Dec 10 18:54:59 UTC 2011

On 10 December 2011 19:40, Patton Echols <p.echols at> wrote:
> On 12/08/2011 08:02 AM, Marius Gedminas wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 08, 2011 at 08:59:51AM -0700, compdoc wrote:
>>>> Hmmm, It turns out that my .bash_history is filled with the garbage
>>>> characters
>>> That’s doesn’t sound good - or normal. You have a bad drive?
>> I believe an unclean shutdown was mentioned upthread?
>> Unclean shutdowns aren't good for your filesystem health.
>> Marius Gedminas
> Yes, there was an unclean shutdown. This netbook has been having problems
> waking up from suspend after closing the lid. I have had trouble diagnosing
> the problem. I had been just tolerating it and trying to figure out when it
> was a problem and when not. But your comment makes me think I need to dig
> into it again with a little more urgency.

It's easy to make Ubuntu do a full filesystem check on the next reboot:

If an empty file called "forcefsck" exists in the root directory,
Ubuntu will do a full fsck when it next starts up. So just type:

sudo touch /forcefsck

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