Shell Prompt Line Wrapping Issue


Question

I've done something to break my Bash Shell Prompt in OS X (10.5.7) Terminal.

This is the PS1 that I had configured:

PS1='\[\e[1;32m\]\h\[\e[0m\]:\[\e[1;34m\]\w\[\e[0m\]\$ '

As far as I can tell I have the color commands escaping correctly. However when I scroll up and down in my command history I often get line wrapping issues if the historic commands wrap onto multiple lines.

I simplified my prompts to the following:

PS1='\[\e[1m\]\h:\w\$ \[\e[0m\]'
PS2='> '

And I still see something like:

localhost:~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/knpmxpup.Defau
lt/extensions/{1A2D0EC4-75F5-4c91-89C4-3656F6E44B68}$ expocd \{1A2D0EC4-7
5F5-4c91-89C4-3656F6E                                           export PS1="\[
\e[1;32m\]\h\[\e[0m\]:                                          cd Library/Appl
ication\ Support/

I've also tried \033 instead of \e. I just included PS2 up there for information, I haven't changed that from the install default. If I completely remove the color codes then everything works fine, any ideas?

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2/24/2015 2:28:50 AM

Accepted Answer

Line wrapping issues in Bash are nothing new. Consult the Mailinglist, maybe there's yet another bug regarding this.

You can't do much more than tagging unprintable characters, the rest must be done by the prompting code.

4
7/15/2009 8:16:02 PM

I am now using this PS1 with good effect:

green=$(tput setaf 2)
blue=$(tput setaf 4)
bold=$(tput bold)
reset=$(tput sgr0)
PS1="\[$green$bold\]\h\[$reset\]:\[$blue$bold\]\w\[$reset\]\$ "

Scrolling through my command history appears to handle line wraps now. However in the meantime since this question was asked I have also updated my OS X to 10.6.3


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