Similar to this question, but instead of adding a new line to the end of the prompt, add a new line to the beginning of the long command (when a command reaches to the right side of the command line window).

I believe I saw such behavior in fish as shown in this video. It only adds newline to the line containing the prompt.

I'm using zsh (v5.8) on Linux (kernel: v5.10)


How can I implement such behavior in zsh or bash?

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In zsh, you could do something like:

zle-line-pre-redraw() {
  (( BUFFERLINES == 1 + ${#BUFFER//[^$'\n']} )) || PREDISPLAY=$'\n'
zle -N zle-line-pre-redraw

Which prepends a newline if the number of lines to display to render the buffer is greater than the number of newline characters plus 1 (meaning at least one line overflowed or PREDISPLAY was already set to newline for that buffer).

  • It works nicely; thank you!! Sorry, I couldn't understand your explanation. What do you mean by number of lines?
    – ali b
    Sep 30, 2021 at 15:49
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    @alib, $BUFFERLINES contains the number of lines / rows needed to display the editing buffer. It starts at 1, if you enter a line long enough so as to wrap, it will be 2. It would also be 2 if you enter a literal newline character in the buffer (with Esc Enter or Ctrl-V Ctrl-J) so we take that into account. Sep 30, 2021 at 15:52
  • Now I see!! Thanks!!!
    – ali b
    Sep 30, 2021 at 16:04

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