Why the hell is my backspace key fucked up in emacs all of a sudden? when I hit backspace it’s supposed to delete a character *BACKWARDS* and not the one in front of it.


(Adding insult to injury, it’s only in console/term mode, and not full-on GUI emacs)

Addendum: yes, only emacs has this problem. No I have not remapped the backspace key in my configs. yes, this is a recent change, so I expect it has to do with some change in either the emacs packages in rawhide/fc3, and not my configs, since it only happens on local machines, and not in remote ssh sessions. And only in Emacs.

Addendum 2: The first person who says “emacs sucks, use vi” gets to have respond to them with his “special” response for trolls. You have been warned.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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10 Responses to ARGH

  1. measured_chaos says:

    emacs su…


    nah, I’m a little scared of this whole special response that could be coming my way. ;)

  2. jbroome says:

    Actually, i think it was that has the good stuff for trolls and LJ spammers.


  3. alchemist says:

    My bad. I’ll fix the post…

  4. katzj says:

    In screen or not?

  5. alchemist says:

    Doesn’t matter. in screen, outside screen…as long as I’m in emacs in console mode (emacs -nw filename), it’s borked.

    if I do an :
    stty erase ‘^?’
    prior to starting emacs, it works.

    i should probably file/find a bugzilla with this….

  6. frijole says:


    emacs sucks, use pico!

    there, i didn’t say vi!


  7. gardenwaltz says:

    pico rocks. (note i didn’t mention emacs)

  8. alchemist says:

    …would you be so kind as to have him bitchslap on general principle? Maybe ask if he’ll make a special delivery in ‘s livejournal?

  9. frijole says:

    hah! someone else holdin’ it down for the pico

    im actually going to eventually learn vi, but I like pico because it shows me what the commands are at the bottom :p

    even if it sucks for word wrapping

  10. maxdwolf says:

    emacs sucks, use vi

    *braces self

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