Subject: Re: BS & DEL
To: Lucio De Re <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greywolf <email@example.com>
Date: 09/01/2000 09:52:54
On Fri, 1 Sep 2000, Lucio De Re wrote:
# What is the rationale behind configuring the PC keyboard to issue
# DEL from the <- (otherwise known as backspace) key?
# What is the situation with other architectures, do they also deviate
# from the conventional (call it native) keyboard mapping?
# I presume DEL as the character erase is traditional of Berkeley Unix?
Yes. And DEL as intr is traditional of AT&T Unix. :-,
I find the reverse mapping annoying as well, since the delete key has
shown up in SO many different spots and I stopped using it for a back-
space key years ago. First change I make is 'stty erase "^H"', largely
because I find myself using literally Control+H to do my backspacing.
[ 'course, I actually USE the DEL key as my intr 8-). ]
But that's just me. The screwy mapping of <- to DEL, though, I do find
FWIW: The SPARC port, at least, does not do this.
BSD: safe ports in a storm.