Bug 474110 - ctrl+arrow shortcuts not recognized in rxvt-unicode
ctrl+arrow shortcuts not recognized in rxvt-unicode
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: vim (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Karsten Hopp
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-02 04:20 EST by Jan Safranek
Modified: 2009-07-14 13:04 EDT (History)
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Description Jan Safranek 2008-12-02 04:20:43 EST
Description of problem:
when running a terminal application like vim or bash in urxvt with TERM=rxvt-unicode, ctrl+arrow does not produce expected results.

E.g. bash and vim should jump to next/previous word if I press ctrl+right/left.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. urxvt -e vim <somefile>
2. press ctrl + right
Actual results:
vim enters INSERT mode and writes 'c'

Expected results:
cursor jumps to next word
Comment 1 Thomas E. Dickey 2008-12-13 14:04:24 EST
rxvt-unicode supplies its own terminfo and termcap descriptions,
which are not in ncurses (the problem would be in rxvt-unicode,
or patches to ncurses to add the terminal description).
Comment 2 Miroslav Lichvar 2009-01-29 13:04:57 EST
Unfortunately rxvt encodes modifier keys differently than xterm.

The xterm description has capabilities kLFT5 and kRIT5 to specify the sequences for control+left and control+right, but they don't seem to be supported in applications. Definitely not in readline and vim as they use only the termcap interface.

Applications where ctrl+arrow keys work have the sequences hardcoded. Thomas, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Maybe we could add the sequences to /etc/inputrc? Not sure about vim.
Comment 3 Thomas E. Dickey 2009-01-29 18:46:54 EST
Generally true - though there's no reason why vim couldn't
be modified to use terminfo and read the extended keys.

The termcap interface provides only 2-character names,
which would force even more obscure naming than I used
for the terminfo names.  (I don't really understand why
vim sticks with termcap, since it ends up making vim
rely on internal tables to make color work properly).
Comment 4 Ondrej Vasik 2009-01-30 05:06:56 EST
ctrl+arrow keys support for rxvt added to /etc/inputrc and built as setup-2.7.7-3.fc11 in RAWHIDE.
Comment 5 Ondrej Vasik 2009-01-30 05:25:25 EST
Reassigning to vim, bash things handled by setup in rawhide, will backport to f-9/f-10 in cummulative update...
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Comment 7 Ondrej Vasik 2009-06-10 04:39:02 EDT
Forgot to close it when update was done ... Closing CURRENTRELEASE
Comment 8 Ondrej Vasik 2009-06-10 04:40:23 EDT
Aaah, oops ... need to drink coffee first, it's on vim side ... mea culpa, reopening...
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