On Nov 18, 2007, at 1:00 PM, Jay Levitt wrote:

> On Sun, 18 Nov 2007 11:54:17 -0500, James Edward Gray II wrote:
>
>> 1. Type:  "1 < 405"
>> 2. Push the left arrow until your cursor is on the space before the 4
>> (5 times)
>> 3. Use a backward delete key to remove the <
>> 4. Push the right arrow to move to the end of the line (5 times)
>> 5. Try to type: "
>>
>> IRb ignores my typing at this point.  Can anyone else confirm that
>> they see this behavior?
>
> Nope!  Doesn't happen for me, either on Cygwin 1.5.24 with Ruby 1.8.6
> (2007-03-13) or Ubuntu Dapper with Ruby 1.8.4 (2005-12-24).
>
> I imagine it's something weird in your .inputrc, but I've never  
> been good
> at the terminal stuff - too many legacy layers.
>
> What platform are you on?

Mac OS X (Tiger)

> Also, I should point out that it's not possible to move the arrow  
> right 5
> times (at least on my systems) - you've deleted one character, so  
> there's
> only 4 characters to go back over.

I said *backward* delete.  There should still be the same number of  
characters in front of your cursor after that operation.

James Edward Gray II