> I just thought the dots were intrusive and could be
> replaced with (for example) an overwritten line with
> a counter. And someone (Michael Campbell?) pointed out
> that it's dangerous to make assumptions about the
> terminal environment -- e.g., sometimes backspaces and
> such are not interpreted correctly. But I think that
> restricting it to a simple carriage return is safe
> everywhere.


Correct on all counts.  "\r" worked everywhere I tried it.

I still like dots though.  =)

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