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Re: 3.0.5: PROMPT and output on the same line

>hal:/usr/src# zsh -f
>hal# echo -n hi
>hal# sh
># echo -n hi
>hi# csh -f
># echo -n hi
>hi# tcsh -f
># echo -n hi
>hi# ksh
># echo -n hi
>hi# exit
>Note that between lines 2 and 3, there's no ``hi''.
>This is on FreeBSD -current, using the stock /bin/{c,}sh, pdksh-5.2.13 and

Using script, I get this:

Script started on Wed 31 Mar 1999 09:24:59 BST
^M^[[m^[[m^[[m^[[Jair% ^[[Kl^H ^He^Hecho -n hi^M^M
hi^M^[[m^[[m^[[m^[[Jair% ^[[Ke^Hexit
script done on Wed 31 Mar 1999 09:25:08 BST

Basically, zsh puts some control characters at the start of the prompt, 
forcing itself to the start of the line.  This also happens with:
print "hello";

Since there is no \n, the prompt overwrites the "hello".

air% echo -n hi; echo ""

The second echo sends a newline, and the "hi" is visible.

I don't know whether to consider this action a bug or a feature;  certainly, 
it's easy enough to work around and probably simple enough to patch a fix for 
(simply remove the control characters before printing $PS1)

John Riddoch	Email: jr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx	Telephone: (01224)262730
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