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From <...@rkbloom.net>
Subject Re: backspace in new test suite.
Date Sun, 23 May 2004 14:51:10 GMT

Hmmmmmm.....  Ok, so \b is really correct, and I would consider this a
configuration problem more than anything else.   \b is supposed to print a
backspace character, I believe that your emacs is getting confused,
because ctrl-H in emacs is the default help command.  So, \b just doesn't
look like it is portable enough.

But, have no fear, I have another solution, and it is likely to work
better anyway.  Later tonight or tomorrow (or sometime in the next week,
depending on if my wife goes into labor soon), I will re-work printing to
not use \b and instead use \r and re-print the whole line.  This should
also fix the annoying problem of the spinning bar ending up at the end of
the previous line after an error.


On Thu, 20 May 2004, Noah Misch wrote:

> On Thu, May 20, 2004 at 01:44:11PM -0400, Ed Holyat wrote:
> >
> >
> > the new test suite uses a \b in it's output.  In my bash shell/emacs
> > environment, this produces some ugly output.
> >
> > testatomic.c: |^H/^H-^H|^H\^H-^H|...etc
> >
> > using the octal value \008 produces the desired effect.  I believe this is
> > shell independent and portable.
> \008 is not a valid octal value.  What character do you mean?

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