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Hi, I've got a strange problem with xterm, Aterm and gnome-terminal... when I type and the text goes beyond the end of the line, it wraps around but comes back ...
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    xterm wraps over the same line when typing!


    Hi,
    I've got a strange problem with xterm, Aterm and gnome-terminal... when I type and the text goes beyond the end of the line, it wraps around but comes back on to the same line instead of going t the line below.

    It becomes very confusing because it looks as though you are typing over what you have already typed, but it isn't actually doing that, if you press back enough you get back to the original first line and it's fine. Commands go through as normal, it's just the screen that is a bit messed up.

    Anybody know why this is or how to fix it?

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    Very unusual problem.
    Not a fix, but a way of sidestepping the problem,
    Can't you just hit ENTER to manually bring it to the next line.
    Like what had to be done with the old paper typewriters.
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    I am assuming your shell here is bash. In /etc/inputrc you need a line like this:

    set horizontal-scroll-mode Off

    If it's already there and says On, then change it to Off. If this doesn't work, then perhaps you have older versions of bash and/or readline on your system which can cause wrapping troubles.

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    Hmm, that's happened to me too when emerging/pacman'ing lots of packages at the same time (= long command). Thanks valan I'll try it.

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    this happens to me if i run nano and then, while still editing, resize the current window...then exit nano.
    it is quite annoying and i usually just close the window

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    Thumbs up Possible solution

    Quote Originally Posted by humbletech99
    Hi,
    I've got a strange problem with xterm, Aterm and gnome-terminal... when I type and the text goes beyond the end of the line, it wraps around but comes back on to the same line instead of going t the line below.

    Anybody know why this is or how to fix it?
    I've had this problem on and off for years when accessing remote machines with ssh. I did a little digging tonight and found this thread. https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedo.../msg06696.html

    Please try:
    export PS1='${HOSTNAME}:${PWD}>'
    clear
    reset

    Worked for me(TM)

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