[IPython-User] Getting a clean prompt without Ctrl-C

Aaron Meurer asmeurer@gmail....
Sat Jan 14 09:06:04 CST 2012

This is probably the most annoying default in IPython (unless we're
counting the notebook, in which case I have to vote for Shift-Enter
for execute).

I put the following in my
c.TerminalInteractiveShell.readline_parse_and_bind in my IPython

'"\\M-p": history-search-backward','"\\M-P": history-search-forward',
'"\\C-p": history-search-backward', '"\\C-n": history-search-forward',

The second two fix it to work like it does in bash.  I think this also
changes the behavior of the arrow keys, but I could be wrong.  The
first two set Alt-p and Alt-Shift-p to do search like it does now in
IPython, based on the substring where the cursor is at.  I also put
similar lines in my .inputrc to get this behavior in bash.

Let me know if this doesn't work for you, because that means that
there is something else in my IPython profile that is fixing this for
me (you can see the whole thing at

Aaron Meurer

On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM, Paul Ivanov <pivanov314@gmail.com> wrote:
> Fernando Perez, on 2012-01-13 19:09,  wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM, Nikolaus Rath <Nikolaus@rath.org> wrote:
>> > Is there a way to get a clean prompt using a different key combination
>> > than Ctrl-C? Note that I don't want to interrupt any computations, I'm
>> > talking about the case where I have lots of input in the prompt and want
>> > to discard it all at once.
>> Well, there's always C-a, C-k: go to beginning of line, kill line.
>> That's actually what I use...
>> It may be possible to hook up something with the python readline
>> module and a readline configuration file (~/.inputrc), but you'd have
>> to check the readline docs for that, it's not something IPython
>> specific.
> Ctrl-U works under both emacs and vim modes for readline, and
> Evan Patterson fulfilled my request that it be added to the QtConsole a
> while back. It actually works in a lot of other places, too -
> xchat, firefox and chrome inside location bar, as well as text
> input boxes, etc.
> best,
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