BS/DEL with xterm local & remote

Richard Smith richard at
Mon Aug 16 15:33:36 BST 1999

I have a weird problem with xterm. I have a number of _identical_
FreeBSD boxes (running 3.2R) which I talk to using xterm. Key mappings
for DEL and BS for zsh and emacs are pretty much sorted out by their own
configuration files. I notice a difference between the DEL and BS
mapping between a remote xterm and a local xterm when running simple
commands expecting command line input.

For example, run 'cat' and you can type some characters. A local xterm
maps BS to a backward-delete-char while DEL echos ^?. A remote xterm
maps DEL to a backward-delete-char while BS echos ^H.

Why the difference? The problem is symetrical, which is to be expected
as the configuration files on both machines are identical.

Any clues?

Richard Smith

More information about the Ukfreebsd mailing list