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If there is a way. I know iTerm2 has it.

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Setting scrollback to 0 lines doesn't help, just no thumb. – Daniel Beck May 6 '11 at 12:23
If program A has a feature, it does not mean program B automatically has the same feature too. It has to be added by someone. (And Apple tries its best to avoid explosion of customization options.) – grawity May 6 '11 at 18:38
Rxvt has printf '\e[?30l'; it might work in other terminals. – grawity May 6 '11 at 18:40
@grawity Doesn't. I also assume that Apple would put that in the preferences if they added that feature. – Daniel Beck May 8 '11 at 9:09
This hint worked until Mac OS X 10.4.x but not anymore. – Daniel Beck May 8 '11 at 9:13

Go to System Preferences -> General and change Show scroll bars to When scrolling.

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