As the original submitter says, you can get it with just "user@host:path$ ". It seems to happen for me when the prompt is at the very bottom of the xterm, and you type a line that wraps. konsole 1.2 from RH9 KDE 3.1 then breaks; the one in current Debian unstable doesn't. Haven't tried xterm for a while, but I seem to remember that also had problems.
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