[IPython-user] OS X Terminal iPython history display bug

Lawrence Johnston unussum@gmail....
Wed Oct 22 14:38:27 CDT 2008

This is only in IPython. Neither bash nor python exhibits this  
behavior (I just checked). `echo $COLUMNS` returns 80, which is the  
proper size.

With a bit of further research, it seems to be related to the  
difference in length between the IPython prompt (e.g. "In [19]: ") and  
my terminal prompt, which is the default
"My-very-long-indeed-computer-name:~/MyCurrentDirectory $"

Basically, I've found that I don't have to even wrap the line in  
IPython, I only have to write a line of a length that would wrap if I  
had been using the really long terminal prompt before the weird  
behavior starts exhibiting itself (e.g. if my prompt is 20 chars and  
my window is 80, I only have to write a line of 61+ characters in  
length before weird stuff starts happening.

Maybe I need to post some pictures, it's difficult to describe.

Is there a place where I should be filing this as a bug?


On Oct 22, 2008, at 6:36 AM, Jeff Kaufman wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 01:09:50PM -0700, Lawrence Johnston wrote:
>> Using IPython 0.9.1 on OS X 10.5.5, The history access of any command
>> which wraps beyond a single screen seems to be messed up.
>> ...
> Is this only in ipython?  When this has happend to me in ipython it's
> turned out to be a terminal problem that affects other terminally
> stuff too.  And for me the root was that somehow a resize didn't
> update the COLUMNS evnvironment variable.  If
>  echo $COLUMNS
> gives the wrong number, I've fixed it by resizing it away from where I
> want and back again.
> Jeff
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