Subject: Re: Backspace key in X
To: maximum entropy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bob Nestor <email@example.com>
Date: 05/13/2000 15:08:31
maximum entropy wrote:
>On my -current i386 system with -current xsrc, I can no longer produce
>a configuration where the backspace key behaves te way I want. My
>- The backspace key must send a delete character (^?). I use emacs as
> my editor, so ^H is not an option.
>- The stty mode for my X terminals must reflect that setting.
>- The backspace key must continue to send ^? when I run screen within
> an xterm.
You probably already know this and have tried, but just in case ...
Run "xev" and hit the key you want to act as a "backspace". Not the
keysym value reported. Then Control/C out and try:
xmodmap -e "keycode <nn> = BackSpace"
Where <nn> is the value you saw when you run xev.
If this works then create a file called ".xmodmap" in your home directory
keycode <nn> = BackSpace
If will be invoked when you start X and your designated BackSpace key
should work as you expect. To get this working in non-X environemnts you
need to use the "stty erase " command. There's some documentation on the
xmodmap man page that shows how to keep the two in sync.
hope this helps,