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Bug 16248 - bad backspace binding
bad backspace binding
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: screen (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
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Reported: 2000-08-15 11:05 EDT by Tim Waugh
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-08-15 11:38:24 EDT
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Description Tim Waugh 2000-08-15 11:05:33 EDT
Running 'emacs -nw' in screen and typing stuff and then using backspace
acts as though I've pressed control-H.  vi is fine.

This only seems to happen with TERM=xterm.
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2000-08-15 11:38:22 EDT
It also happens with TERM=linux, on the console.

But with TERM=ansi, it doesn't happen.
Comment 2 Crutcher Dunnavant 2000-08-15 11:56:29 EDT
There are some nasty, nasty issues with screen's translation, and its occasional
refusal to do so. 
However, that said, screen thinks that backspace == ^H, and it will try to
translate to get to this point.
It is in the man pages.

This is not something that I can fix, as it is (somewhat) documented behaviour.

Comment 3 David Balažic 2000-08-25 03:59:57 EDT
the backspace -> ^H translation is in the man page,
and also int the screen termcap entry, but NOT in the actual
screen code !
Recently ( a recent redhat screen package ) a line was added
in /etc/screenrc to fix this.
( the line is : bindkey -k kb stuff ^H )
Comment 4 David Balažic 2000-08-25 04:10:20 EDT
see also bug #11294 for more info

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