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I've learned a neat trick in school to make your terminal prompt text look more pretty, eg.

export PS1="(\h) \u \w "   

gives me

(brendt-ubuntu) brendt ~ 

The issue happens when I try to color these things, some weird text overflow bug appears:

This is without colors

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This is with colors

(export PS1="\e[1;34m(\h)\e[m \u \e[1;34m\w \e[m")  

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Are there any fixes for this?

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I fixed it using proper color coding:

PS1="\[\033[01;34m\](\h)\[\033[00m\] \u \[\033[01;34m\]\w \[\033[00m\]"
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