BS/DEL with xterm local & remote

Mark Ovens mark at
Mon Aug 16 18:16:03 BST 1999

On Mon, Aug 16, 1999 at 03:33:36PM +0100, Richard Smith wrote:
> 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.

Sounds like the local user has ``stty erase ^H'' somewhere (.login,
.{csh,sh}rc etc.)

> Why the difference? The problem is symetrical, which is to be expected
> as the configuration files on both machines are identical.
> Any clues?
> Thanks,
> Richard Smith
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