Bug 10892 - Can no longer change backspace key to emit ^H
Can no longer change backspace key to emit ^H
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 2000-04-18 10:49 EDT by Rick Richardson
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-30 13:55:39 EDT
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Description Rick Richardson 2000-04-18 10:49:39 EDT
In previous RH releases, *including the RH62. BETA*, you could change the
Backspace key to emit ^H by putting this in your $HOME/.Xdefaults:

# Fix backspace key
*ttyModes: erase ^H
# End Fix backspace key

This was a minor change that our users got used to having to make.

In the released RH6.2, this doesn't work anymore.  No matter what you do
with this, the Backspace key emits ^? (0x7f).

This is a real issue with cross platform compatibility, as most Unixes and
Windows expect to see ^H to backspace a character.  And now there seems to
be no way to convince the Backspace key to work properly.

If there is a newer method for changing the Backspace key to emit ^H, it
needs to be documented.

-Rick Richardson (rick@remotepoint.com)
Comment 1 Preston Brown 2000-05-30 13:55:59 EDT
If you need to change the key bindings, you can need to override the keybindings
specified in /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/XTerm with your own settings in

! keyboard setup
*VT100*backarrowKey: true

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