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I'm using Ubuntu 12.xx When I'm in a shell (xterm or gnome terminal) and I press the UP arrow, the terminal prints "^]]A" instead of fetching the last used command like it normally does.

How can I restore the old functionality?

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This should do what you're looking for:

passwd -e yourlogin  

then change your default shell by typing it's full path.

I prefer to use tcsh instead just as a suggestion.

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