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SSH session pauses mid datastream; resumes with a keypress

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I've had this problem occur at random, intermittently, across boxes at multiple companies, multiple distros, and multiple kernel revs. I think that I'm just cursed. What happens is that I'll have a new box loaded, and I'll be doing something inside ssh, like a yum update or an apt-get. Everything will be progressing fine and then the session just stops. The ssh doesn't disconnect, it's almost as if someone sent a scroll lock keypress to the session. If I hit enter, or space, or just about any keystroke in the ssh session, the session wakes back up and its as if nothing went wrong. I once (HowTos)