In Redhat Linux 5.2 in a Pentium, both backspace and delete
act as a delete key. That is, both keys delete the
character to the right of the cursor, rather than the
backspace key deleting the character to the left of the
I haven't modified the keymaps under X at all... this
behaviour seemed to occur straight out of the box.
(I gave the bug high priority because it's even annoying me
as I type this bug report into Bugzilla! :)
Thanks for looking into this bug!
I was unable to replicate this problem on a fresh install of 5.2 using
It's not just a Netscape "problem"; in fact, it's not an
application-based problem at all. It X11's key mapping.
Put this in a file (e.g., ~/.xmodmap):
keycode 107 = Delete
keycode 22 = BackSpace
and run `xmodmap ~/.xmodmap`, or `xmodmap -e 'keycode 107 = Delete'`,
and so on. It should fix the problem (depending on which keyboard you
defined in XF86Config, and what keyboard you're using, etc). If it
works, you may wish to run it from ~/.xinitrc or similar.
While you're at it, you might want to check out "xkeycaps" (do a
netsearch for it, or http://www.jwz.org/), if you wish to have an
easier, more intuitive way to remap keys.
I hope this helps!