I'm using Linux Mint, MATE version. I have a weird problem that occurs quite frequently when scrolling down through log files in terminal: the machine pauses for a second or two, and when it comes back my system colors have been scrambed. That is, the ANSI colours have all been mixed up - red thinks it's yellow, yellow thinks it's green etc. This affects not just terminal but several other desktop apps too: Caja (the nautilus replacement), Geany (text editor), and Gedit.
The color assignment seems random and sometimes results in unusable combinations, like white being replaced with black (not useful on a black background). I need to reboot to get the colors back.
What i assume is happening is that some strings of characters in the log file are not being escaped properly and are hitting something in the system, but i'm not technical enough to try and debug this. Is there any command i could enter which would reset all of the colors back, does anyone know?
Grateful for any advice, max
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EDIT - I'm using MATE Terminal 1.2.1