I have a weird issue where my Bash prompt often completely disappears on a backspace. Doesn't make any sense to me, but it happens often:

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I can't really think of why this is happening. Am I overlooking some configuration file or something?

Here's my PS1 prompt:

PS1='\[\e]2;\u@\h\a\u@\h \W \$ '
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    It would help if you posted your $PS1. Otherwise my blind guess is you may not have it wrapped in \[ \]. – jw013 Oct 6 '11 at 21:17
  • Posted: PS1='\[\e]2;\u@\h\a\u@\h \w \$ ' – Naftuli Kay Oct 6 '11 at 23:04
  • I can reproduce the problem with that PS1. Type a few characters, backspace over them and whoosh, there it goes. – Paul Tomblin Oct 7 '11 at 0:20
  • What does that PS1 accomplish that PS1='\u@\h \W \$' doesn't? – Paul Tomblin Oct 7 '11 at 0:22
  • Writing username@host into the actual shell title. – Naftuli Kay Oct 7 '11 at 0:33

As I suspected in my comment, you are missing a \] in your PS1. Try this one:

PS1='\[\e]2;\u@\h\a\]\u@\h \W \$ '

For comparison, the original is

PS1='\[\e]2;\u@\h\a\u@\h \W \$ '
#                  ^ missing \]

Check if something running is blanking your PS1 env variable.
As an example on another machine not affected by that problem if you run


in a bash shell you will get the same output of your screen-shots.

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