This is not an issue with the terminals, this is a new feature of
bash-5.1. Search for the word "highlight" at .


This could not theoretically be a bug in gnome-terminal/vte. Terminals
don't directly paint a letter as a consequence of the user pressing that
letter, or pasting something.

I'm certain you can think of plenty of cases where pressing a certain
letter does not cause that letter to be painted on the canvas, but some
other action (larger repaints), or perhaps nothing at all.

When you press a letter, or paste some text, it is forwarded towards the
kernel over the tty line, but is not displayed. The kernel then might
handle it itself, or forward further towards some application (e.g. bash
in this case).

Then that application may or may not decide to paint something. Whatever
it decides to paint may or may not be the same as the typed letter or
pasted text. But even if it's the same, the terminal has no way of
making this connection. "The user pressed the letter X, I've forwarded
it, 100 milliseconds later I received a letter X to be painted, it must
be the «same» X" -- it cannot work like this.

What happens in this particular case is that you paste "foo", and in
response bash instructs the terminal to print "foo" in inverse colors.
The terminal does what it must do: obeys this instuction (without having
the slightest idea that it's related to the paste).


Two more things to mention to complete the picture:

There is a so-called "bracketed paste mode", where special markers are
inserted at the beginning and end of pasted data. This is how
applications (bash in this case) can distinguish it from data typed by
the user, without relying on timing heuristics.

Also, some terminals have a legacy "local echo" mode where pressed keys
immediately appear on the screen. I'm fairly certain it's not used
anywhere nowadays. Most terminals don't support it, and VTE removed it
in version 0.60, see .

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