tcsh$ cd ~
tcsh$ cd bin

What is this cruft that is appearing before my prompt (or perhaps more appropriately, after my command) and how can I remove it?

  • 1
    Perhaps too obvious, but are you setting prompt in your .cshrc (or equivalent) file?
    – glucas
    Nov 12, 2014 at 15:27
  • @glucas set prompt "\ntcsh$ " This stuff only appears from within emacs. Additionally, there is nothing in my rc file that matches this general pattern: .*:.*@.*. Nov 12, 2014 at 15:34
  • 2
    Just a guess: Is your shell trying to set the xterm window title? Nov 12, 2014 at 16:31
  • @Constantine That's exactly what it's doing. I've removed the problem statement for now (alias precmd 'echo -n "\033]0;${USER}@${HOST}:${PWD}\007"'), but is there any way to get Emacs to ignore or override this? Nov 12, 2014 at 16:43
  • I'm tempted to make a new question along the lines of "use a different shell rc file for emacs" and dupe this to that; it seems like the general case might be more useful for search engines. Nov 12, 2014 at 16:47

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You might want to look at this question. Basically you need to avoid creating aliases for commands or prompts that assume that every shell is running where there is a window title to be set. Or create functions that do things differently depending on what kind of terminal they find themselves in.

As part of my bash initialization I do something like:

case "$TERM" in
        # Emacs shell differences ...
        # Embed working directory in window title
        PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "\033]0;${SSH_TTY:+${HOSTNAME%%.*}:}${PWD##*/}\007"'
        # Unrecognized terminal types get nothing

You need tcsh's precmd to do something equivalent.

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