Backspace key "<-" not mapping to ^H

Jordan Gordeev jgordeev at
Wed Feb 28 07:29:48 UTC 2007

Gary Kline wrote:
> 	I'm not sure whether this just in Ubuntu or in the Gnome desktop
> 	or what, but for days, when I type mail in vi in mutt, sometimes
> 	I get a "^?" when I hit the backspace.  ^H still works to back up
> 	and correct my typos, but that's lots more work that what my
> 	fingers are accustomed to.  It may be when I'm ssh'd across
> 	servers.  I thought I'd ask here before I dig into this.  I think
> 	a new xterm was recently updated in ports; not  sure if tat is a
> 	factor or not.
> 	xev understands that the b'space key is a backspace and tells me
> 	the keycode.  Should I just us xmodmaprc to fix this?  thanks
> 	for any clues!!
> 	gary
See stty(1) and termios(4). You should modify the erase or erase2 values.

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