BETA4 Vi backspace behavior

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Tue Sep 21 02:47:18 PDT 2004

On 2004-09-21 10:01, Ruslan Ermilov <ru at> wrote:
> 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.

This is exactly the sort of behavior I remember too, at least since 1998.

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