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I am trying to paste a string blah.cjijjepceyd6.ap-south-1.rds.amazonaws.com into the Terminal.app but what actually shows up is blah.cjiyd6.ap-south-1.rds.amazonaws.com. When that string is pasted to vi it is uncorrupted. What might be going on during the clipboard copying to the Terminal ?

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  • Do you know what the origin and destination text encodings are? Maybe this is a charset interpolation issue? – Dana the Sane Nov 2 '20 at 19:53
  • It is plain text for sure. It is copied directly from aws console and then for good measure I have also verified by copying it to plain old vi. The strings do just fine in vi. So either copying from the console or from vi both have the same corrupted result. I am convinced there is some processing of the characters happening when pasting to the Terminal – StephenBoesch Nov 2 '20 at 19:56
  • I guess that is possible. I have been routinely pasting large amounts text into Terminal.app for years though, and don't recall that ever happening to me. Just trying to think what might be different in your case. – Dana the Sane Nov 2 '20 at 20:00
  • Can you run bash --norc --noprofile and paste into that shell (just to check whether it is caused by something in your .bashrc etc). Press Ctrl-D afterwards to exit again. – nohillside Nov 2 '20 at 20:15
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    @nohillside Thx - that gave same result: collapsed/omitted characters – StephenBoesch Nov 2 '20 at 20:22
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This was due to the ~/.inputrc . I had the following keystroke in there:

"jj": vi-movement-mode

The base36 encoded dns name from aws happened to contain jj. I have commented out the jj from my ~/.inputrc to resolve

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