One point of confusion that often occurs involves the mapping of the delete or backspace key to properly erase characters.
To identify your current settings, type:
Then look for ‘erase =’. Common settings include ^h, ^?, or del. (del and ^? have the same function). Most applications use the current settings to perform line editing functions, such as erase. Some applications have a default definition for ^h and ^?. The following table describes these conventions.
application ^h ^? or del tcsh erase erase emacs help erase Xwindow-based generally set by the application vi erase is defined in current settings mail erase is defined in current settings others erase is defined in current settings
To identify how a key is mapped on your keyboard, you can type: ‘ctrl-v’ followed by any key. Its mapping is echoed to your display. To identify the locations of ^h on your keyboard, check out the following
To change the current setting of the erase character, type: stty erase ctrl-v KEY where KEY is the key that you want to use to erase characters.
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