I have set the scrollback limit to 20000 for the Default Profile:

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However the scrolling only has 1000 lines. I verified by tiny python program writing 1200 lines to an output file and then cating the file. only the first 960 were shown (I had some 40 lines of other stuff apparently).

What am I missing?

  • How many lines in your Terminal window? If it’s not a multiple of 25, those, may be lines you are missing.
    – Allan
    Mar 17 at 6:50
  • 1000 lines. i don't really understand your question maybe Mar 17 at 7:12
  • A terminal screen is normally 25 lines, however this can be adjusted.
    – Allan
    Mar 17 at 7:17
  • 1
    This question is about the scrollback not the terminal size Mar 17 at 7:17

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Quitting iTerm completely and restarting fixed the issue. I had mistakenly assumed that closing individual tabs/sessions and then creating new sessions would be sufficient.

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    Apr 16 at 9:13
  • @Thinkr Yea i forgot about this: need to wait 2 days before accepting own answer Apr 16 at 13:29
  • I know, it's annoying. :)
    – Thinkr
    Apr 16 at 15:13

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