Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 131257
arrow keys not working with FC nightly 0830
Last modified: 2008-03-13 15:18:51 EDT
The FC 0830 nightly build on ia64 (observed on Altix) seems to have
problems handling arrow keys.
Other keys work fine. I noticed this on the "Installation Method"
I tried both from a xterm and a gnome terminal (I'm using a
FC 2 x86_64 box as my workstation).
Jeremy asked me to try launching from an older rh box. I'll do that
fyi -if you type the first letter of the option (like H for
Hard Drive or N for NFS) it does work - so that's a quick
work-around in case others hit this.
Almost certainly ncurses/termcap weirdness.
I re-displayed an xterm from a RH 9 box to my workstation, and
logged in from there. The arrow keys also did not work in that
The arrow key does "something" in the 'Choose a Language' window.
English is default. When I up-arrow, it sends me to arabic. I'm
guessing the screen controls are being detected as letters or
This is still an issue in fedora core nightly 0907.
RHEL4 0906 did not have this problem.
From the comment regarding up-arrow and Arabic, it sounds
as if the user (who does not mention the terminfo in use)
is perhaps using the Linux console's terminfo entry, which
assumes the cursor keys are already in application mode.
The difference between \E[A and \EOA is enough to make the
escape sequence unrecognized, and give an application an
"A" - which would be recognized as the abbreviation for
FC nightly Oct12 and RHEL4 nightly Oct11 don't seem to suffer from
this any more. I'm closing this.