On Nov 18, 2007, at 1:55 PM, Jay Levitt wrote:

> On Sun, 18 Nov 2007 14:05:27 -0500, James Edward Gray II wrote:
>
>> 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)
>
> OK, my MacBook's got an uncharged battery at the moment, but I can try
> there later if you haven't figured it out yet.
>
>>> Also, I should point out that it's not possible to move the arrow
>
>> I said *backward* delete.  There should still be the same number of
>> characters in front of your cursor after that operation.
>
> D'oh!  I am so used to people saying "backslash" when they mean  
> "forward
> slash" that I mentally unescaped your backwards-delete. :)
>
> So that means, assuming I can still count, that you're actually typing
> those quotation marks (e.g. double-quote one space less-than space  
> four
> zero five double-quote).

Yes, I am typing the quotes.

James Edward Gray II