Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 2404
xterm/nxterm and readline are unhappy together
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:50 EDT
I just installed RH6.0, upgrading from a 5.2 system, and
I am finding that I cannot use the meta key to perform
Emacs-style editing operations from within bash or ncftp,
both of which use termcap. This worked fine in the latest
XFree86 package update released for 5.2, so I assume that
something has changed in termcap for 6.0.
Oddly enough, I can use the meta key as before when running
either rxvt or the GNOME terminal program, which suggests
the termcap entry for xterm having changed. However, tcsh
gets the meta key stuff right in an xterm window, and it
uses termcap directly, without going through readline.
Backing out the RH6.0 readline RPM and installing the 5.2
RPM makes no difference, so I doubt readline is the problem.
I use the meta keys all the time in both bash and ncftp, so
it's very confusing to have them misbehave.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 2738 ***