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By reversing vertically, I mean that the prompt line is always on the first line in the terminal window, and the command output is printed below the current prompt. Something like this:


name@host$ ls
Desktop  Documents  Downloads  examples.desktop  Music  Pictures  Public  Templates
name@host$ (waiting for next command)


name@host$ (waiting for next command)
Desktop  Documents  Downloads  examples.desktop  Music  Pictures  Public  Templates
name@host$ ls

I'm looking for this because looking at the bottom of the screen for a long time makes my neck hurt.


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Even though it is marked as answered, I think this would be a good feature to have. Adjusting your position is not efficient: the screen might be at eye level, but the bottom of the screen is not. Can you request the feature? Not sure, but you might do it here: – don.joey Mar 5 '13 at 8:19
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No - this is the way the vast majority of computers display information.

A simple, non-technical solution is to raise your monitor up. In the UK, NHS guidelines say:

Place your screen at eye level

Your screen should be directly in front of you. A good guide is to place the monitor about an arm's length away, with the top of the screen roughly at eye level. To achieve this you may need to get a stand for your monitor. If the screen is too high or too low, you'll have to bend your neck, which can be uncomfortable.

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Thanks, Rory. I guess adjusting my sitting position is the best choice. – fzhang Mar 8 '12 at 2:37

One solution might be using Guake as a terminal replacement.

sudo apt-get install guake

It still shows the content top-down, but you can adjust the default height to something that does not hurt your neck, and there is a shortcut (F11) to show the terminal in fullscreen mode.

In addition, the clear command clears the terminal and puts the cursor on the first line. Issuing it occasionally might help your neck, too.

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