>I was just on google and typed winful to see what it would come up with and low and behold I get a listing of posts I made when I was using slackware. This in 2001 when I made a post to alt.os.linux.slackware from my linux box asking how to clear and restore a terminal back to normal if it turned to garbage.
The response I received which works in bash/Bourne Again shell is to
echo -e ‘017’, which clears everything. To distort the screen again echo -e ‘016’. The above commands are to “Switch Out” and “Switch In” in ASCII. I later figured that my terminal could also be cleared by simply typing “reset” at the terminal.