[erlang-questions] How to disable parentheses matching in Erlang shell?

Grzegorz Junka <>
Sat May 14 12:32:57 CEST 2016


Fixing my terminal to 80 characters only seems like taken straight from 
the Windows world. I hope Erlang can do better ;) Is there any way of 
telling the Erlang terminal how wide is my terminal, e.g. an environment 
variable?


On 13/05/2016 09:19, Lukas Larsson wrote:
> I don't think there is any way to turn of only the brace matching 
> feature. You can always use the oldshell, i.e. "erl -oldshell", but 
> you loose a lot of other feature that you may want in the shell.
>
> The problem you are experiencing normally happens when the erlang 
> shell has a different idea of how wide your terminal is then what it 
> actually is. I've found that this can normally be fixed by making sure 
> that you have a 80 characters wide terminal window that erlang is 
> running in, as 80 is the default if erlang can't find out from ncurses 
> what the terminal size is.
>
> Lukas
>
> On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 9:55 PM, Grzegorz Junka < 
> <mailto:>> wrote:
>
>     This has been bothering me for quit a while. I am using FreeBSD
>     for Erlang development and it happens that in the Erlang shell,
>     when I am writing a long command, and say I am closing a bracket,
>     the shell automatically jumps the cursor to the opening bracket to
>     show me which bracket has been closed. That would be a great
>     feature if it worked fine. On longer lines the cursor jumps back
>     to some random place and then jumps back to some other random
>     place and then the whole shell is messed up. I have to copy the
>     command to a text editor, delete all characters from the current
>     command line in the shell, edit the command in the editor, then
>     copy it back to the shell. When copying the command to the shell
>     it doesn't try to jump the cursor and doesn't mess my shell. I
>     also saw this behaviour on other systems, e.g. Red Hat. Is there
>     any way of disabling this "jumping" feature?
>
>     Grzegorz
>
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