Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 18657
backspace key becomes equivalent to delete key
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:29:05 EDT
In my fresh install of redhat 7.0, the backspace key is equivalent to the
delete key. To do a real backspace, I have to use a ctrl-h combination.
I checked www.deja.com, and many people are having this problem. Please
fix this fast.
Where does the link /etc/X11/X point? If it points to a file with a name that
starts 'XF86_', please see if you can find a line in /etc/X11/XF86Config that
and take/comment that out. Does that help?
That got it!
My /etc/X11/X link points to ../../usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_mach64.
My XF86Config had a line in it:
Commenting it out fixed the problem. I'll post the fix on usenet.
Thanks a lot!
This happened to be because I followed the directions during install where it
said to disable dead keys if I wasn't going to be entering special characters.
Well, I only use American English and
didn't see the need to enter those special characters so I disabled the dead
keys. Big mistake!!
Yep. Same here. Definitely a big problem that should be fixed ASAP.
I've chosen German / Dead keys active with graphical installation:
=> X: del = backspace
=> Xterm: del, backspace = ~
=> no ~, \ and | (keys with Alt Gr)
I commented out these settings
and inserted my old RedHat 6.2 settings
The only remaining problem was del=backspace in xterm/konsole because of
the missing execution of inputrc. I added -ls (login shell) to konsole parameters
and everything worked fine.
> The only remaining problem was del=backspace in xterm/konsole
> because of the missing execution of inputrc. I added -ls
> (login shell) to konsole parameters and everything worked fine.
..except for a konsole opened with Ctrl-T out of kfm, some key
bindings etc... Sh*t!
What's wrong with the xterm in Red Hat 7?
Where so I have to tweak to get the same behaviour as in RH6.2?
I have encountered a similar problem and saw that what caused it is that
XF86Config-4 had the nodeadkeys line, but the X log said that this is an
The backspace and delete keys work fine in all applications I've
used in 7.1/7.2 releases. Closing bug CURRENTRELEASE as I am
not able to reproduce any problems in our current release. If
there is still a problem in Red Hat Linux 7.2, feel free to
reopen the report and provide updated detailed information.