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I have MacOS and .bash_profile content:

export PS1="\[\e[0;31m$\]\[\e[m\] \[\e[0;32m\w\e[m\] : \]"

as a result I have pwd printed in terminal like this:

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but when I press up and down arrows to use terminal history I have bug:

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  1. no need to export PS1: it's a variable for the shell, other processes aren't going to use it.
  2. looks like you don't have the escaping brackets quite right. They are there to surround non-printing sequences, so bash can accurately figure how wide your prompt is. Try this:

    PS1="\[\e[0;31m\]\$ \[\e[0;32m\]\w\[\e[0m\] : "
    #     1.........1    2.........2   3......3 
    

    So the printing bits (\$, \w, the colon and the spaces) are outside the brackets.

Further reference: https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/bashref.html#Controlling-the-Prompt

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