Subject: Re: little things that bother me
To: None <port-cobalt@NetBSD.org>
From: Christopher Schultz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/02/2005 15:17:16
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> When i am ssh'd into the qube, and i am trying to edit a file in vi or
> vim, when i go into insert mode, for some reason it inserts a capital
> A when i press the up arrow, B for down, C for right, and D for left.
> each character is inserted into a new line, and it can get quite
> annoying having to insert before the last character in a line, type it
> again, type what i need, then escape out of insert mode and delete the
> extra character
Sometimes this has to do with the terminal type that you're using. I
know that the arrow keys typically send escape sequences to the
terminal. If the terminal is set incorrectly, then the escape sequences
can be interpreted incorrectly.
If you have a Linux box, you can see the escape sequences by running
this from a terminal:
$ echo $TERM <- tells me what terminal type I'm running
$ sleep 30 <- this just keeps the shell off you back while
you type some stuff
Then press UP, DOWN, RIGHT and LEFT.
This is the output that I get:
So, UP => ^[[A
DOWN => ^[[B
RIGHT => ^[[C
LEFT => ^[[D
It looks like whatever terminal type you are using is stripping-off the
escape sequences or otherwise misinterpreting them.
You can change your terminal type by just doing
$ export TERM=<terminal type>
$ setenv TERM <terminal type>
Depending on the shell you use (export for sh/bash, setenv for csh/tcsh,
not sure about others).
'vi' should respect your selected terminal type. My Qube is currently
not in service, so I can't check out what happens to me, or what my
terminal type is on the Qube.
I home that helps,
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