From your question:
(by adding print ' ' x 80;)
it looks like you mean you wish to clear to the end of the line, is that correct?
If so, use <escape>[K like so:
Some of the escape sequences I use all the time are:
print "\e[H"; # Put the cursor on the first line
print "\e[J"; # Clear from cursor to end of screen
print "\e[H\e[J"; # Clear entire screen (just a combination
+of the above)
print "\e[K"; # Clear to end of current line (as stated
print "\e[m"; # Turn off character attributes (eg. color
printf "\e[%dm", $N; # Set color to $N (for values of 30-37, or
printf "\e[%d;%dH", $R, $C; # Put cursor at row $R, column $C (good fo
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