BETA4 Vi backspace behavior

Ruslan Ermilov ru at
Tue Sep 21 00:01:42 PDT 2004

On Mon, Sep 20, 2004 at 09:51:48PM -0400, Mike B wrote:
> Sorry if this is already addressed or is a non-issue. If I enter text 
> into vi (or vim for that matter) and hit the backspace key the cursor 
> runs over the text but does not remove it from the screen. If I then hit 
> escape after backing over all of this text it is then, and only then, 
> removed from the buffer. On my 4.x  systems vi and vim work as I expect 
> with no intervention on my part. My term is set to cons25 btw. Thanks
The system's /usr/bin/vi worked like this since I remember it.
I've just checked, and it sure doesn't remove the character
with a backspace key until you escape.  In vim(1), the character
is removed from screen immediately.

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at
FreeBSD committer
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