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Re: when last output lacks \n, bash gets confused about cursor position


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: when last output lacks \n, bash gets confused about cursor position
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:49:01 -0400

> When using 'echo -n' or printf without a final \n, and then using 
> the Up and Down keys to walk through previous commands, bash can 
> get confused about its cursor position (or rather its prompt 
> position) and either leave some stray text in the middle of the 
> line, or overwrite part of its prompt.

This is to be expected.  When bash/readline's assumption that it is
starting in column 0 is violated, you get strange results.

Chet

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Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.tis.case.edu/~chet/




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