Dynamic elements in bash PS1

I have put the following in my ~/.localsh file to customize my bash prompt when working with git.

Basically I want to get the current branch displayed in my terminal.
The gitk tool shows branches with green background and black foreground, so thats what I’m trying to do.

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    This stuff has happened to be before when you I din’t end a color sequence with [\e[0m].
    Now it is happening to me because of calling getgitbranch function. I think it has something to do with the terminal not knowing how long the prompt is.

    So, heres the question…
    How do I correctly use dynamic elements in my bash prompt and not get it hosed up when I use the up arrows?

    function getgitbranch()
    git branch | grep "^\*" | cut -c3-
    function blabla()
    PS1="$PS1\[\e[0;30m\]\[\e[42m\]\[\$(getgitbranch)\]\[\e[0;49m\]\[\e[0m\] "
    PS1="$PS1 \[\e[1;31m\]>\[\e[0m\] "
    export PS1

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Dynamic elements in bash PS1”

    Remove the \[\] from around the $(getgitbranch). The characters output by that function actually occupy space on the screen so you want Bash to account for them. Using \[\] says don’t count the characters that appear within.

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