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shell prompt SOLVED

On Sat, Jan 04, 2003 at 02:18:20AM +1100, Cameron Hutchison wrote:
> Once upon a time will trillich said...
> > - my prompt includes escape sequences to hilite user@host:path
> >   and gnome-terminal gets all confused on cursor positioning,
> >   particularly when using word-delete to edit the command line.
> >   (i'd expect the linux console tohave similar conniptions, but
> >   it doesn't!)
> This could be bash getting confused. Make sure you put the control
> sequences within a \[ \] pair so that bash knows not to count the number
> of chars in the escape sequence as visible characters.

ah. it was indeed my shell! once you actually read the
documentation (man tcsh /prompt) things tend to work more

thanks for the nudge!

	# ^O = ctl-O (chr15), ^[ = esc (chr27), ^G = ctl-G (chr7)

	# whoami, whereami
	set prompt="%{^O^[[$COLOR;37;1m%}%n: %{^[[37;40m%}%~%{^[[0m%}%# "

	# set xterm titlebar, show time
	set rprompt="%{^O^[]0;%n: %~^G%}%p"

in tcsh it's %{ and %} that bracket a "don't move the cursor"
chunk. i had put them in the wrong places.  feeling much better

I use Debian/GNU Linux version 3.0;
Linux server 2.2.17 #1 Sun Jun 25 09:24:41 EST 2000 i586 unknown
DEBIAN NEWBIE TIP #99 from Greg Wiley <greg@orthogony.com>
Wondering WHERE TO SPECIFY BASH DEFAULTS? In case you are in X
and launching a term, .bashrc is automatically loaded (instead
of .bash_profile, .profile, .login) when bash is not a login

Also see http://newbieDoc.sourceForge.net/ ...

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