So, I started using zsh and oh-my-zsh recently. I am using the pure (refined) theme and the prompt shows extra info above the prompt.

When I clear the Terminal with Ctrl + L, the whole Terminal gets cleared but the line before the prompt that shows the current directory and git information also get cleared. When I type clear however, the line stays with the prompt while the Terminal gets cleared.

Is there a way to keep that line when I press Ctrl + L? What does that shortcut point to and how can I change it? In my Terminal preferences (I'm on Manjaro Budgie), that key binding is absent in the shortcuts list.

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    This doesn't happen when I use the pure theme; both clear and ^L draw the full 2-line prompt. You can see what ^L is bound to with bindkey | fgrep '^L'. It defaults to clear-screen, which you can read about in man zshzle. But I suspect there's something else at fault; it should work without any hacks. I'd test a different terminal emulator (xterm, sakura, Konsole). Then I'd create a clean .zshrc with only source /path/to/pure.zsh and see if that works. Then gradually add more of your other config back in until you find the piece that is breaking it.
    – Tim Siegel
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 18:59
  • Tilix also behaves the same way. I'll try modifying my .zshrc file. Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 5:12

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Most likely those extra lines are output by precmd, the hook that is run after each command and before the prompt. It is not called automatically upon clear-screen (bound on ^L).

You could redefine clear-screen so it calls it though:

clear-screen() { echoti clear; precmd; zle redisplay; }
zle -N clear-screen

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