This happens sometimes if the VM bumps up against upper limits of memory and has to hit swap heavily for extended periods (a few minutes or more). When this happens and I type asdf at the prompt it looks like:

$ No command 'asdf' found, did you mean:
 Command 'asdfg' from package 'aoeui' (universe)
 Command 'sadf' from package 'sysstat' (main)
 Command 'sdf' from package 'sdf' (universe)
asdf: command not found


Note that asdf isn't showing up after $.

The obvious answer is to just kill the tab and start a new one. Still, I have to wonder if there's a way to reset a bash terminal that is misbehaving like this. I tried bash and it didn't make any difference.


Yes, you can reset it, using the reset command.

  • oh lord, I should have known to at least try that... – jcollum Jun 9 '14 at 19:51
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    Don't worry, took me years to figure that one out. :) – kraxor Jun 9 '14 at 19:52
  • @Jord I'm on it, I like to let the question sit for a few days in case a better answer shows up. – jcollum Jun 10 '14 at 16:59
  • @jcollum, we're going to reach 500 days in a month. Just saying... ;) – kraxor Sep 27 '15 at 8:16
  • done -- i would have gotten to it, in a while, maybe a long while – jcollum Sep 27 '15 at 13:45

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