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Old 12-16-2004, 09:27 AM   #1
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backspace key in xterm via ssh


Hi,

Believe me, I already searched for this...can't find an answer that works...

When I ssh into my Fedora Core 1 box from work, and bring up an xterm, the backspace key does nothing. Well, it makes a system beep in the computer here <edit>sorry, the beep comes out of the regular speaker, not the system speaker<edit>, but produces no character in the xterm. I can use the arrow keys to back up, and then use the delete key, but this is terribly annoying.

How can I remap this via ssh? The key works fine when I'm sitting at the computer at home. Well, now that I think of it, I don't know if I've ever used an xterm at home, I usually use gnome-terminal, but that's just oo slow via X11 forwarding....

Oh, and xev shows the backspace key working, calls it backspace and shows it as keycode 16

What to do?

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Old 12-17-2004, 07:15 AM   #2
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^bump

Anybody? I'll take any ideas you have. Even if they don't work, gives me something to try and hopefully I'll stumble across the solution.

Thanks,
 
Old 04-05-2005, 07:48 AM   #3
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^^bump...

Been awhile, but still having this problem. It's really starting to get on my nerves.

Anybody have suggestions, or know where I can look for info? Everything I find on the net about using setting tty properly isn't helping...

Please?!?!?!?
 
Old 08-20-2006, 07:07 AM   #4
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Probably the same problem here mate. I run Slackware Current. I currently can't use the End key in terminals including the cli except xterm. I can't even use Backspace in a text editor cause it opens menus instead. Asked about this in more places. Still looking for a solve.
Do you still have this problem?
 
Old 08-20-2006, 01:10 PM   #5
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Yeah, only they changed something on the system I log in from, and now it's even more annoying.

I can now use the backspace when typing AN ORIGINAL LINE at the terminal, but if I use the up arrow to go through my command history, my keys all behave as though I am in Vim. I have to hit "i" to get into "insert" mode, then I can backspace through the command.

I"ve pretty much given up looking for an answer, since it seems so system dependant. I just decided to live with it for now..

But by all means, let me know if you find anything...

Thanks,

Jeff
 
Old 08-20-2006, 01:23 PM   #6
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use xmodmap to check your key mappings. I believe backspace should be set to 0xff08. if it is not then try this
Code:
xmodmap -e "keycode 22 = 0xff08"
xmodmap -e "keycode 107 = 0xffff"
It will move your keymappings for delete and backspace and they should function normally. I had to use this fix for when using my Eterm.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 04:55 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffreybluml
Yeah, only they changed something on the system I log in from, and now it's even more annoying.

I can now use the backspace when typing AN ORIGINAL LINE at the terminal, but if I use the up arrow to go through my command history, my keys all behave as though I am in Vim. I have to hit "i" to get into "insert" mode, then I can backspace through the command.

I"ve pretty much given up looking for an answer, since it seems so system dependant. I just decided to live with it for now..

But by all means, let me know if you find anything...

Thanks,

Jeff
Yeah sure, I'm still working on it. But it's so annoying! I can't use vi at all!
And I just got back to Slackware believing it's the best distro ever and now look at this :-/
I will certainly not move to another distro but I'll shout at Pat as loud as I can!
 
Old 08-20-2006, 05:01 PM   #8
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I've also opened this thread http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=475613
Please post anything you find out there or here.
It looks like I'll have to get more into depth with terminals and find out how they work in order to fix this problem.
Someone suggested changing my console font as this will change keymappings also.
He suggested using "setconsolefont" to change the font to something in my locale but I don't use any other locale but the en_US even if I live in Romania (Europe).
I'm going to try it now.
 
  


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