new xterm and erase setting

Mike A. Harris mharris at
Mon Jul 5 09:40:53 UTC 2004

On Sun, 4 Jul 2004, Harry Putnam wrote:

>Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2004 19:10:46 -0500
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>Subject: Re: new xterm and erase setting
>"Mike A. Harris" <mharris at> writes:
>> On Wed, 30 Jun 2004, Harry Putnam wrote:
>>>>> I'v very certain I wasn't getting the respective behavior in emacs or
>>>>> less prior to this change.
>>>> If you mean the 'backspace' key worked with the old version - then yes
>>>> - I can reproduce this.
>>>> I have some xterms which I didn't kill after installing the new
>>>> version - so I'm able to comapre (old and new behavior). I also have
>>>> an FC2 box - with 179-6.EL - where I can reproduce the old behavior.
>>>Maybe Mike will wake up and tell us what he changed ... : )
>> No problem.  ;o)
>OK so what specifically was changed that causes the `new' behavior of
>of backspc NOT deleting to the left in emacs -nw.  Ditto for the
>change that causes  to appear when using backspace in `less' search

Along with all other Red Hat customizations, the one that fixes 
this problem was removed.  I don't know off hand without 
examining the patch we applied, which of the customizations fixed 
this, but it wouldn't be hard to find out.

Thomas will be putting xterm-192 out soon, and I'll probably 
update to it right away, again without our patch applied, just to 
see which upstream changes he's made will work for people instead 
of our customizing things.  Once that's in the tree and I get a 
bit of feedback, I'll probably re-integrate our patch and remove 
any changes that aren't needed.

The backspace/delete problem will likely go away then also.  I'll 
post a note here for testing/feedback then also.

Thanks again to everyone for fiddling with the new xterm and 
discussing it here.


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