exiting vim changes background colour of console

Robert Bram Robert.Bram@colesmyer.com.au
Wed Oct 19 23:33:00 GMT 2005

Hi Igor,

> > My PS1 variable is:
> > \e[47m\n\s\v User \u on host \h in dir \w\n\d \@>\e[0;30m
> >
> > bash2.05b User rbram on host cml035835 in dir /cygdrive/c/eTech/eForms2
> > Thu Oct 20 07:16 AM> echo $PS1
> > \e[47m\n\s\v User \u on host \h in dir \w\n\d \@>\e[0;30m
> Note that the end of your PS1 resets the color to "black background"...
> Removing that '\e[0;30m' should fix your problem, unless you want your
> window background to be something other than grey, in which case you'll
> have to put in a background change to whatever your window background is.
> FWIW, you might also want to put \[ and \] around the non-printable
> characters in PS1, to help bash calculate the prompt length better, e.g.,
> export PS1='\[\e[47m\]\n\s\v User \u on host \h in dir \w\n\d \@>'

Ok, here is part of my .bash_profile now:
# export PS1="${blackOnLightGrey}\n\s\v User \u on host \h in dir \w\n\d \@> "
export PS1="${blackOnLightGrey}\n\s\v User \u on host \h in dir \w\n\d \@>\e[0m "
# export PS1="${blackOnLightGrey}\n\s\v User \u on host \h in dir \w\n\d \@>${blackOnWhite} "

None of the PS1s above fix the issue! I.e. when I open a console I see what I want: console with white background and black foreground, with the prompt rendered as black foreground on grey background, but then whenever I do a man, less, vim and exit, the screen get a black background that I can make go away by pressing "ENTER" repeatedly i.e. shifting the black off screen.

Kind regards,


Robert Mark Bram
Portal Analyst Programmer
eTechnology, Coles Myer Limited
+61 3 9635 1036

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