What Is That?
If start a shell buffer in Emacs, you may find garbage printed onscreen instead of a listing of files and directories. This is a problem with ansi color settings.
From Emacs manual:
"If you want Shell mode to handle color output from shell commands, you can enable ANSI Color mode. Here is how to do this:"
(add-hook 'shell-mode-hook 'ansi-color-for-comint-mode-on)
Fixing the problem requires adding the above line to your .emacs init file.
Its that simple!