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andrew001 01-08-2004 04:51 PM

backspace in screen?
I've been using screen a lot lately, but can't get the backspace key to work.

When I hit backspace it says "Wuff Wuff", which I've realized is the visual bell command, which supposedly goes off when you hit '^G'. But I don't really know what to do about it.

Any suggestions?


slakmagik 01-09-2004 03:07 PM

Well, since you haven't gotten a better response, I'll say that I've never managed to get my non-printable keys in *anything* fixed the way I want except with flux and ice config files but screen has a ~/.screenrc file that allows you to bind keys. So that'd be what you wanted to look into, I guess. Though there's the usual nightmare of termcap and inputrc and even whether you've got your $TERM set right. My backspace works in screen so I'd guess you changed something that made it stop working since I never did anything to make mine work. So, no solution, but maybe some suggestions about places to look and things to try. If you'd like, I'll post up my ~/.screenrc though I don't know if it would work for you.

I think if I could ask for *anything* out of Linux it would be for all my keys to function in the same way in every app and to reflect my keyboard. And then to make it *easily and clearly* modifiable. And cut down on the 106 programs and config files that combine to mess up that one device. (That's a lot of things but it boils down to one: my keyboard is the I in IO - it'd better work.) ;)

andrew001 01-09-2004 06:07 PM

I agree!

I've just realized that if I run screen through an xterm backspace works, but in a terminal it doesn't ( don't know if this matters ).

Can you post your screenrc?


slakmagik 01-09-2004 06:38 PM

This thread may help, though it's about somewhat different stuff. About keys, anyway. *g*

And, oops. Screenrc is really long for a post. I just realized - as long as you haven't modifed both /etc/screenrc and ~/.screenrc, one of them will be the default Slackware. So you can diff them and if nothing significant turns up, you'd know it was something else. The fact that it works in xterm and not terminal makes me think it's not screen, but something about the terminal.

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