Subject: Re: Backspace key in X
To: None <email@example.com>
From: maximum entropy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 05/14/2000 01:44:32
>Date: Sun, 14 May 2000 12:49:27 +1200
>From: Dave Sainty <email@example.com>
>maximum entropy writes:
>> 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
>> requirements are:
>> - 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.
>The xmodmap fixes will work, but sometimes have undesired effects on
>other X applications. Given that you really only want to change
>xterm, adjusting the xterm configuration is (I think) more
> Meta <Key> BackSpace: string(0x1b) string(0x7f)\n\
> ~Meta <Key> BackSpace: string(0x7f)
Actually, after my "make build" finished, I discovered that screen no
longer worked at all. It complained that the TERMCAP entry
overflowed, and then died. I quickly realized that all my lossage was
caused by the recent change in the xterm termcap entry. I now have
the following in my .Xdefaults, and everything works perfectly for me
XTerm*ttyModes: erase ^?
I think it's really really bad that our default xterm termcap entry
will cause major applications like screen to fail to run.
entropy -- it's not just a good idea, it's the second law.