The backspace key on a Dell The backspace and delete keys are both mapped
to forward erase key code. Control-H must be used to backspace when using
X. To get the backspace key to work one must edit the file
/etc/X11/Xmodmap and uncomment the i386 xmodmap line for the backspace.
Is this some special keyboard that isn't directly supported by XFree86?
Can you please attach the X server log from a session where the glitch is
active, as well as your X configuration file. Also, what version of XFree
server is running - 3.3.6 or 4.0.x/
The global Xmodmap file is intended for local configuration to override the
system default. If there is a problem with the Dell keyboard not working
as expected, the proper solution would be adding support in the main
XFree86 package. I'd need to know the details of your setup. I also
might need a 106 key keyboard in order to solve this correctly unless
someone that has one could figure it out and send me a patch.
I am unable to diagnose this problem without the hardware, and nothing seems
obvious from looking at any keymap files. It might be that a new map file is
needed especially for this keyboard. If you could arrange for me to be sent
a Dell 106 key keyboard, I will add support for it as soon as I can.
Let me know via email and I'll send you my shipping address, and you can
forward this request to someone at Dell who can send me a board to work with.