|Summary:||bashrc breaks stty erase|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Linux||Reporter:||Marc MERLIN <marc_soft>|
|Component:||setup||Assignee:||Bill Nottingham <notting>|
|Status:||CLOSED RAWHIDE||QA Contact:||Brock Organ <borgan>|
|Version:||9||CC:||mw-u1, p.van.egdom, rvokal, twaugh|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
|Doc Text:||Story Points:||---|
|Last Closed:||2003-12-08 19:32:31 UTC||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
|Bug Depends On:||98752|
Description Marc MERLIN 2003-05-21 20:33:01 UTC
# I'm seeing this wrongly reset stty erase to ^H when it was ^? and the terminal # was sending ^? too. Disabling this fixes the problem -- merlin # if [ -x /usr/bin/tput ]; then # if [ "x`tput kbs`" != "x" ]; then # We can't do this with "dumb" terminal # stty erase `tput kbs` # elif [ -x /usr/bin/wc ]; then # if [ "`tput kbs|wc -c `" -gt 0 ]; then # We can't do this with "dumb" terminal # stty erase `tput kbs` # fi # fi # fi This code would break erase inside screen for some users, or for me when I logged in remotely. tput kbs returned ^H when in all cases backspace generated ^? I'm really not sure what cases the code is supposed to help with, but backspace mapped to ^H is a thing of the past, you should concentrate on making sure that all apps generate ^?, and leave things alone. (it pains me when users ask me why backspace is _still_ broken in linux when we've had more than 10 years to fix it) If I'm missing something, let me know Thanks Marc
Comment 1 Marc MERLIN 2003-06-03 22:52:21 UTC
I found that the problem is mostly because you have a nonstandard screenrc which generates ^H instead of ^?, and you try to account for that. IMO, this is the wrong way to do it, if that's the only reason you have the above code. You use this: # This makes screen treat backspaces '^?' as # deletes. There should be a fix in the code # for the way termcap inheritance works, # but I dont know where to put it, and this works. bindkey -d -k kb stuff "\010" Debian, and most other folks use that: bindkey -k kb stuff "\177" The second way is consistent and generates ^?. Your way works for screen run on the local machine, but if I run screen on a remote machine (not running RH), screen generates ^? (as it should), and your bashrc code changes stty erase to ^H, causing backspace not to work. Unless I missed something, I don't see why you're trying to support BS set to ^H when it's been abandonned in all of linux years ago.
Comment 2 Lon Hohberger 2003-06-06 13:15:39 UTC
As it turns out, neither are correct. Distributions, in general, should not change the default backspace key binding in /etc/screenrc. Additionally, Screen ships with the backspace key defined as '^H' in its termcap and terminfo settings; Debian modifies these to '^?'. I am not sure if this might also be causing problems for you (and others) or not. I'll look into fixing screen as it ships with Red Hat Linux, but I consider it unlikely that this will fix compatibility problems with other distributions which ship with broken default settings.
Comment 3 Lon Hohberger 2003-07-02 14:54:32 UTC
Packages which do not have the 'bindkey' entry in /etc/screenrc are (or will be) in rawhide shortly, and are also available from the URLs below. http://people.redhat.com/lhh/screen-3.9.15-9.i386.rpm http://people.redhat.com/lhh/screen-3.9.15-9.src.rpm The above packages will *not* fix inter-operating system conflicts caused by modified terminfo/termcap entries.
Comment 4 Lon Hohberger 2003-07-10 20:00:40 UTC
Unfortunately, I still have reports that removing this bindkey line breaks some configurations, (though I have been unable to reproduce it myself). Thus, I will re-break screen for the time-being, and work on this after my vacation.
Comment 5 Micha Wiedenmann 2003-09-28 15:12:25 UTC
You meight want to read http://www.ibb.net/~anne/keyboard.html The Debian Policy states that BS must send ^?, that is why ther terminfo entry is changed. If BS sends ^H, then C-h (as used eg. by Emacs) is not distinguishable from BS and it is difficult to explain users, why BS generates help, etc.
Comment 6 Marc MERLIN 2003-10-24 06:49:00 UTC
I just don't understand why you are going through all that trouble to deal with the fact that screen ships with a broken default of setting BS to ^H Everyone else fixes this by doing the following: in /etc/screenrc: bindkey -k kb stuff "\177" in /etc/bashrc: don't muck with tput, just leave stty erase to ^? The current RH config (BS=^H in screen but ^? everywhere else) is not only complex, makes no sense to me, and doesn't work with escreen on a RH 9 machine to another RH 9 machine. Doing the above does fix the problem, and that's what other distros do AFAIK
Comment 7 Lon Hohberger 2003-10-29 15:47:51 UTC
There is light at the end of the tunnel on this 3-year-old issue; screen-4.0.1. I've packaged it up and placed it on my web page. You can point 'yum' at: http://people.redhat.com/lhh/fedora/ or just download the packages directly: http://people.redhat.com/lhh/fedora/screen-4.0.1-0.1.i386.rpm http://people.redhat.com/lhh/fedora/screen-4.0.1-0.1.src.rpm Once you install this package, you need to comment out the 'stty erase `tput kbs`' from /etc/bashrc and /etc/zshrc. Screen should work as it did previously on Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Fedora Core - except that the backspace key is handled by the parent terminal's settings and inherited by Screen (the way it's supposed to work). NOTE: This is not an official package; I want to get it out there for testing. If it tests out well, I'll work with the shell maintainers to have the 'stty' hack removed (if applicable) - which would then cause this bug to [finally] be closed.
Comment 8 Lon Hohberger 2003-12-08 19:19:54 UTC
New (Fedora) package - screen-4.0.1-2.i386.rpm will appear in rawhide soon. This package does *not* have a bindkey default, as per the screen maintainer's recommendation. For now, you can retrieve the proper RPMs using yum from my repository: http://people.redhat.com/lhh/fedora/ Or directly: http://people.redhat.com/lhh/fedora/screen-4.0.1-2.i386.rpm http://people.redhat.com/lhh/fedora/screen-4.0.1-2.src.rpm ** Note: You will need to comment out the block which executes "stty `tput kbs`" in /etc/bashrc if you are using setup <= 2.5.27-1.1 Changing component to "setup" (which owns /etc/bashrc)
Comment 9 Bill Nottingham 2003-12-08 19:32:31 UTC
Added in 2.5.28-1, will be in rawhide tomorrow.
Comment 10 Bill Nottingham 2003-12-08 19:33:00 UTC