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Re: redraw-current-line fails with multiline prompts

From: Hugh Davenport
Subject: Re: redraw-current-line fails with multiline prompts
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:25:01 +0000

February 16 2016 10:22 AM, "Chet Ramey" <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 2/15/16 3:57 PM, Hugh Davenport wrote:
>> February 16 2016 9:11 AM, "Chet Ramey" <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> On 2/12/16 12:45 AM, Hugh Davenport wrote:
>>>> Bash Version: 4.3
>>>> Patch Level: 30
>>>> Release Status: release
>>>> Description:
>>>> Assume I have a multiline prompt (`PS1="first\nsecond"`), and a bind to
>>>> redraw-current-line (`bind '"\er": redraw-current-line'`). When I
>>>> refresh the line with M-r, I get the following output:
>>>> first
>>>> first
>>>> second
>>>> What is happening is that the redraw-current-line is assuming that I
>>>> only have a single line prompt, and is just redrawing that current
>>>> line. Two possible solutions to this are:
>>>> 1) Work out the last line of the prompt and only redraw that (makes
>>>> sense with function name, or
>>>> 2) Work out number of lines in the prompt, and redraw entire prompt.
>>>> Repeat-By:
>>>> Have a rc file with the following
>>>> PS1="first\nsecond"
>>>> bind '"\er": redraw-current-line'
>>>> Then start bash with that rc file, and hit M-r a few times, notice that
>>>> the last line gets overwritten, but the first line doesn't. You can
>>>> expand this by having PS="first\nsecond\nthird" and seeing that the
>>>> third line gets overwritten, but not the first and the second. This
>>>> leads to a lot of wasted vertical space if you are redrawing often.
>>>> Fix:
>>>> I've got a patch for option 2, which works well with existing methods,
>>>> but makes the function name a bit misleading.
>>> Thanks for the report. It's sufficient to change the call from
>>> rl_forced_update_display to rl_redraw_prompt_last_line (your option 1).
>>> This is what bash does for bash_execute_unix_command().
>> Hey Chet,
>> Thanks for your reply. OK, so my patch doesn't need that weird for loop.
>> I couldn't find the redraw_prompt_last_line function when I had a quick
>> search.
> This is something that will be in bash-4.4/readline-7.0. You can get the
> current development sources to see how it will work. According to my
> change logs, it was added in November, 2014.

Cool, will grab the sources to test at some time, otherwise will wait for it
to be released to integrate it with the tool I'm playing with.


> Chet
> --
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