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Old 10-10-2013
Bash/vi: Make file go away once I close it.

Hi Everyone,

It's a little difficult to explain what exactly I am looking for.

When I open a file in vi, and then close it, I get back the prompt, but I can still see the file on top. I don't want that. I want to be able to see all the previous commands which I have typed.

For example: I opened my .bashrc file here, but when I close it, I still see it on top. Is there any way to change that behavior?

scott:~/build$ vi ~/.bashrc <---- Open file
export P4CONFIG='.p4config'
export PATH=$HOME/SayonaraDB/postgresql/src/tools/contrib/apache-ant-1.8.2/bin:$PATH #Apache-ant.
export PATH=$HOME/SayonaraDB/postgresql/install/bin:$PATH #This is where we install postgres executables.
export PATH=/home/vjobanputra/SayonaraDB/postgresql/install/bin/psql:$PATH #TEMPORARY
export PGDATA=$HOME/SayonaraDB/postgresql/installdata #data directory; This is where the database files will live.

[I]# If not running interactively, don't do anything
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return

# don't put duplicate lines or lines starting with space in the history.
# See bash(1) for more options

# append to the history file, don't overwrite it
shopt -s histappend

# for setting history length see HISTSIZE and HISTFILESIZE in bash(1)

# check the window size after each command and, if necessary,
# update the values of LINES and COLUMNS.
shopt -s checkwinsize

# If set, the pattern "**" used in a pathname expansion context will
# match all files and zero or more directories and subdirectories.
#shopt -s globstar

# make less more friendly for non-text input files, see lesspipe(1)
[ -x /usr/bin/lesspipe ] && eval "$(SHELL=/bin/sh lesspipe)"

# set variable identifying the chroot you work in (used in the prompt below)
if [ -z "$debian_chroot" ] && [ -r /etc/debian_chroot ]; then
    debian_chroot=$(cat /etc/debian_chroot)
"~/.bashrc" 152L, 5211C written
<---- close the file here, but it is still visible ---->
scott:~/build$ <------------- Got back prompt

What I am looking for is something like:

scott:~/build$ cd ~/Downloads/
scott:~/Downloads$ ls
file1 file2 file3
scott:~/Downloads$  vi ~/.bashrc 
<----- file is closed now. I don't see it anymore ----->

Thanks in advance =).

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# 2  
Old 10-10-2013
What terminal are you using? Post the output of echo $TERM

Some *nix terminals support t_ti and t_te variables (these control the behavior you describe).

Some others like vt100 or sco do not support it, as far as I know.

You may have success by just changing the terminal to something more "full-featured" like xterm:
export TERM="xterm"

However, there's no guarantee that xterm is available on your system.

Last edited by verdepollo; 10-10-2013 at 04:32 PM.. Reason: command typo... No wonder why the command didn't work.
# 3  
Old 10-10-2013
You could add, as a workaround:
alias vi="vi $1;clear"

To either .basrc / .zshrc / .cshrc

Well ok, one can still scroll up and will see the files content, but at least the prompt is 'clean'.

# 4  
Old 10-11-2013
Thanks guys!

I did:
export TERM="xterm"

And I also set the following in my ~/.vimrc:
set term=xterm

This seems to have sold the problem.

Unfortunately it doesn't work when I use 'screen'. I did try using:
screen -T xterm

And echo $TERM in screen shows 'xterm':
scott:~$ echo $TERM

Anyway I think I am just going to live with the problem for now when I am using 'screen' =).

Appreciate the help folks!!!
# 5  
Old 10-13-2013
The term you are looking for is "screen redraw" and as far as i know it is the default behavior of vim (much to my chagrin, because i hate that). I do not know vim that well, but i am sure you find an option to configure that if you search the help pages of it for "screen redraw [on exit]".

I hope this helps.

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