Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 104885
delete key not working properly in prompts
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:38:52 EDT
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Description of problem:
Delete key is removing character before cursor instead of under it when in
prompt - it is working like backspace key.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Press 'm' to start new message
2. I "To:" prompt write "bu"
3. Press left arrow key so "b" is before cursor and "u" is under it
4. Press delete
Actual Results: "b" deleted
Expected Results: "u" deleted
I've testes this in both xterm (TERM=xterm) and console (TERM=linux).
I've tested this with locale set to "en_US".
This can be worked around by using Ctrl-D instead of Delete
Closing out bugs on older, unsupported, releases. Please reopen if
problem persists on current releases.
This is probably an issue with terminfo/terminal settings in general,
and not specific to mutt.
Just tested on Fedora Core 3 - it still has this bug. I've also tested
some console aplications (line editing in bash, joe, less, links, vi)
and none had this bug - the character under the cursor is deleted - so
it doesn't look like a general terminfo/terminal issue.
Reopening and changing product to Fedora Core. I cannot change version
to 3 - i'll try later.
km_bindkey ("<delete>", MENU_EDITOR, OP_EDITOR_BACKSPACE);
In fact, there is no operation in the line editor for delete,
so you can't even simply change the keybinding.
So, this is something that would have to be fixed upstream; you
could bring it up on email@example.com. (The upstream mutt bugtracker
Oops, I was wrong.
If you change that line to:
km_bindkey ("<delete>", MENU_EDITOR, OP_EDITOR_DELETE_CHAR);
you'll get the behavior you want. But I really am disinclined to
change upstream behavior. I'll bring it up on the list.