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Old 12-16-2004, 09:24 AM   #1
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Home and End keys in RXVT

When using RXVT the "Home" and "End" keys result in a "~" instead of moving the cursor. They work properly in xterm, xemacs, and other programs. I have a pc105 en_us Mitsumi (very standard) keyboard, using Slackware 10.0. Any help would be appreciated.

Old 12-16-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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re: Home and End keys in RXVT

While it may not solve your problem, as a work around the emacs keybindings "C-e" for end of line and "C-a" for beginning of line should work. What is $TERM set to in your shell environment? I've never seen this problem with rxvt in Slackware but you might want to check your /etc/termcap settings to see if something has been changed.
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I had this problem when moving from bash to zsh, I managed to fix it but have forgotten right now :\
Old 12-16-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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I tried "C-e" for end of line and "C-a" for beginning and it works. The $TERM variable gives "xterm." I looked at /etc/termcap, but I have no idea what is going on there.

I checked file:///usr/doc/rxvt-2.7.10/doc/rxvtRef.html#KeyCodes and it says that:

Home ESC [ 7 ~ ESC [ 7 $ ESC [ 7 ^ ESC [ 7 @
End ESC [ 8 ~ ESC [ 8 $ ESC [ 8 ^ ESC [ 8 @

whatever that means. I can get the characters "~ $ ^ @" by pressing Shift, Ctl, Alt and the Home and Delete keys, as apparently indicated in the KeyCodes table.

Here is my ~/.Xdefaults for RXVT:

! rxvt
rxvt.geometry: 100x24
rxvt.background: black
rxvt.foreground: white
rxvt.savelines: 128
!rxvt.font: smoothansi fkp glisp
rxvt.font: smoothansi
rxvt.scrollBar: True

And here is my start-up command in my xfce menu:

rxvt -bg black -fg AntiqueWhite -sl 128


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