When a friend of mine got a new Unix computer, the console display didn't look quite right. When we tried to view files, the operating system didn't know how big the screen was. It displayed the entire file instead of a screen at a time.
My Unix was a bit rusty at the time, but I remembered that there was a
stty command to change attributes of the display. Looking at the help listing for
stty, I noticed a person could set the
rows and the
line. Thinking that
line must be the number of lines on the display, I typed
stty line 24. The computer stopped responding, forcing us to reboot it.
We phoned up a Unix professional who had the same operating system. He said, “That should have worked. Let me try ...