strange cursor behavior in gnome terminal

Marius Gedminas marius at
Wed Sep 20 16:26:21 UTC 2006

On Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 01:04:49AM +0200, Marco wrote:
> Marius Gedminas wrote:
> > I've seent his problem.  The cause was my $PS1 setting in my ~/.bashrc
> > file: I had some xterm escape sequences to set the window title.  I
> > removed the escapes from $PS1 and instead added a $PROMPT_COMMAND to
> > do the same thing (copy & paste from /etc/skel.bashrc), and the irritating
> > cursor jumping disappeared.
> Thank you Marius, it seems to be the right way. Would you please help me to
> optimize it.
> I like to have a short prompt, e.g. a green $ for a normal user.

    PS1='\[\033[01;32m\]\$ \[\033[00m\]'

> And I would
> like to set the console title to user at machine/path. With the escape
> sequences I had this in Konsole sessions. But I don't know how to achieve
> it with the $PROMPT_COMMAND.

    PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${USER}@${HOSTNAME}/${PWD}\007"'

If you also want the terminal window title to show you the command that
is currently being executed, check out

Marius Gedminas
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