Share a solution to stop the echo area overwriting the minibuffer
(defun clear-message (&rest args) (cancel-function-timers 'message) (advice-remove 'message #'clear-message) (run-with-timer 4 nil (lambda () (message nil) (advice-add 'message :after #'clear-message)))) (advice-add 'message :after #'clear-message)
The original question:
Often, when I’m finding a file, or entering some command via M-x what I’m typing gets overwritten by a message being sent to the echo area. The messages don’t seem to vanish after a delay, and the only way I can get rid of them is to either C-f or some other movement or C-g.