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When I remotely log into one linux terminal, the terminal repeats what I type automatically, which makes the screen a big mess. I can recover the screen by typing ctrl+L. Does anyone know what's the cause and what's the solution?

I'm using mac terminal and ssh.

PS1=[\e]0;\u@\h: \w\a]${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}[\033[01;32m]\u@\h[\033[00m]:[\033[01;34m]\w[\033[00m]\$


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Which terminal - an Xterm window? – verisimilidude Nov 1 '10 at 18:06
A number of people have voted to close this question as off-topic - can anyone suggest a better forum for it? – Mark Bannister Nov 1 '10 at 18:07
Which protocol? Telnet or SSH? Which client? Which OS on client and server? – thejh Nov 1 '10 at 18:07
@Mark Bannister: maybe? – klez Nov 1 '10 at 18:08
I'm assuming you're using Bash, can you provide us the value of the variable PS1? – cYrus Nov 1 '10 at 18:15
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Edit your remote ~/.bashrc (or whatever) to change the value of the variable PS1 to something simpler like:

PS1='\u@\h:\w\$ '

and try again. If it works there must be some mess with the control characters in your PS1.

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It works. Thanks, – derekwei Nov 1 '10 at 18:32
If you want the color version try something like: PS1='\[\e[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\e[00m\]:\[\e[01;34m\]\w\[\e[00m\]\$ '. It should be similar to the one in your answer, but correct. – cYrus Nov 1 '10 at 18:35

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