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Here's a short video demo of the problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOxod-ViZUw&feature=youtu.be

Rather than crippling the prompt, I prefer the caret to move to the next line.

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Okay. It turned out I was not escaping color codes correctly.

After using \[\e[0;31m\] instead of \e[0;31m, for example, the problem got fixed.

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