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Old 01-24-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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writing in terminal: when reaching EOL, no linefeed. Instead overwriting same line


When I write long commands or paste text etc (in a vt) and reach end of line, you normally continue on the next line,
like this.

Instead, when reaching EOL in a vt (tried terminal (xfce), Konsole and rxvt), cursor is moved to beginning of line but no linefeed.

Normal behaviour
SlackerJack@home$ aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
In my case
aaaakerJack@home$ aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
This started when I switched to fluxbox from KDE. In KDE things was working fine (only used Konsole though).

When writing text spanning several lines I notice first lines' EOL stops/is twelwe characters short of a full line.
Consecutive EOLs' does produce linefeeds.
Moving cursor back to begining of text with the left arrow key is wierd. Don't ask me to try to explain that if I don't have to :-)

I've googled without result.
Tried `resize`, shopt -s checkwinsizes + more

Maybe has to do something with bashrc, terminfo, resize, SIGWINCH, $TERM etc?

It is really annoying :-)

I need some guidance...
Old 01-24-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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I believe this is what you are looking for... It corrects broken line wraps in BASH...

or, your PS1 variable is messed up, look here:

Old 01-24-2008, 11:34 AM   #3
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Thanks for replying.

I already tried the "shopt -s checkwinsize" from the first link, without success.

The second link did it.

I had changed my $PS1 variable to include colors, but not done the proper escaping of the "[".

Thanks again.

Last edited by SlackerJack; 01-24-2008 at 11:38 AM. Reason: checkwinsizes is misspelled. Should be checkwinsize


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