This has been bugging me for a few months now. When I pressed up arrow to access terminal history the current command would sometimes not be cleared and the command from history would be appended to the end of it. Or if I pasted in a line longer than the terminal width, it wouldn’t wrap to the next line - it would just start overriding the current line from the start.

I finally got to the bottom of it today. Turns out it was down to the way I had defined my prompt in .bash_profile.

"Each console code sequence must be delimited with \[ and \] in the PS1 variable. They tell bash that whatever is in there doesn't move the cursor position. Read the bash manual for more information."

[See here for more information](http://serverfault.com/a/83384)

After redefining my PS1 prompt variable, everything just started to work (and my sanity instantly improved).