Linux "clear" Command Line Options and Examples
clear the terminal screen

clear clears your screen if this is possible, including its scrollback buffer (if the extended “E3” capability is defined). clear looks in the environment for the terminal type given by the environment variable TERM, and then in the terminfo database to determine how to clear the screen. clear writes to the standard output.


clear [-Ttype] [-V] [-x]

Command Line Options:

indicates the type of terminal. Normally this option is unnecessary, because the default is taken from the environment variableTERM. If -T is specified, then the shell variables LINES and COLUMNS will also be ignored.
clear -T ...
reports the version of ncurses which was used in this program, and exits. The options are as follows:
clear -V ...
HISTORYA clear command appeared in 2.79BSD dated February 24, 1979. Later that was provided in Unix 8th edition (1985).AT&T adapted a different BSD program (tset) to make a new command (tput), and used this to replace the clear command with a shellscript which calls tput clear, e.g.,/usr/bin/tput ${1:+-T$1} clear 2> /dev/nullexitIn 1989, when Keith Bostic revised the BSD tput command to make it similar to the AT&T tput, he added a shell script for the clearcommand:exec tput clearThe remainder of the script in each case is a copyright notice.The ncurses clear command began in 1995 by adapting the original BSD clear command (with terminfo, of course).The E3 extension came later:· In June 1999, xterm provided an extension to the standard control sequence for clearing the screen. Rather than clearing justthe visible part of the screen usingprintf '\033[2J'one could clear the scrollback usingprintf '\033[3J'This is documented in XTerm Control Sequences as a feature originating with xterm.· A few other terminal developers adopted the feature, e.g., PuTTY in 2006.· In April 2011, a Red Hat developer submitted a patch to the Linux kernel, modifying its console driver to do the same thing. TheLinux change, part of the 3.0 release, did not mention xterm, although it was cited in the Red Hat bug report (#683733) which ledto the change.· Again, a few other terminal developers adopted the feature. But the next relevant step was a change to the clear program in 2013to incorporate this extension.· In 2013, the E3 extension was overlooked in tput with the “clear” parameter. That was addressed in 2016 by reorganizing tput toshare its logic with clear and tset.PORTABILITYNeither IEEE Std 1003.1/The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7 (POSIX.1-2008) nor X/Open Curses Issue 7 documents tset orreset.The latter documents tput, which could be used to replace this utility either via a shell script or by an alias (such as a symboliclink) to run tput as clear.
clear -x ...