cursor keys not working on console

Thomas Dickey dickey at
Fri Aug 9 02:19:32 UTC 2013

On Thu, Aug 08, 2013 at 07:53:04PM +0200, O. Hartmann wrote:
> The cursor keys on the consoles in freebsd CURRENT (no X11 virtual
> consoles, the FreeBSD consoles!) do not work for me.
> I use tcsh as the main shell.
> As set by default in /etc/ttys, the console's terminal type is xterm.
> Switching to 
> setenv TERM cons25
> solves the problem, but the menus in ports via make config look ugly
> and more ugly, but they are unusable with the setting "TERM=xterm".
> What is wrong here? Why are the cursor keys not working in the
> console/ports menu as expected when using tcsh/csh as default shell?

from infocmp (cons25 vs xterm):

	kcub1: '\E[D', '\EOD'.
	kcud1: '\E[B', '\EOB'.
	kcuf1: '\E[C', '\EOC'.
	kcuu1: '\E[A', '\EOA'.

It's probably

You would probably find

and improvement.

Thomas E. Dickey <dickey at>
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