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Old 12-05-2006, 11:35 AM   #1
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Home, end, pgup, pgdown keys not working

I'm logged onto a public machine (I don't have root) and my home, end, page up, and page down keys are not working. Also, I've gone to multiple machines and logged in with my account and those keys never work. Also, with Num Lock off, the home, end, page up, and page down keys all work on the number pad, but still not the regular ones. And, they work for other people regardless of which machine they're on. The machines (all of them) are running Red Hat with Gnome (not sure of the version). I imagine that the problem is some config file in my home directory, but I have no idea which it could be. Can anyone help?
Old 12-29-2006, 04:31 AM   #2
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you, my friend, have stumbled across one of the longest standing bugs in linux/unix history (AFAIK). I've been using linux since the beginning, and been programming since childhood, and I STILL have to type 'stty erase ^H' AT LEAST ONCE A DAMN DAY just to get my backspace key to work in a terminal.

Cursor keys and home, end, etc. are a whole different hell. I haven't figured those out yet.

The problem is: every virtual terminal, every desktop, every keyboard has different settings for those keys. Set it up correctly in one, then all of a sudden if you log in from, everything is broken again.

Solve this one and I'm sure they'll make up some award for you.


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