Key bindings for screen

suvayu ali fatkasuvayu+linux at
Fri Oct 21 12:52:20 UTC 2011

Hi everyone,

I have been trying to setup some keybindings for screen but have been
rather unsuccessful so far. The documentation is very difficult to
understand / follow for me. I was wondering if someone could help me
understand how to specify key combinations with modifier keys.

I want to be able to switch terminals with either `escape key
<arrow>' or `escape key C-<arrow>'. I would also like to change
my escape key from C-a to C-q (easier to navigate in bash and
emacs). These are my attempts so far:

1. Switching terminals: I tried the following for `escape key
   <arrow>', but it doesn't work.

   bindkey -d ^[[D prev
   bindkey -d ^[[C next

   Then I tried the following for `escape key C-<arrow>'.

   bindkey -d ^[[1;5D prev
   bindkey -d ^[[1;5C next

   This somewhat works. The problem now is, after swithing the terminals
   if I press the escape key for a subsequent command it is interpreted
   as the concluding part of a C-a C-a sequence and screen switches to
   the original terminal. To give you an example a sequence like this,
   `C-a C-<left> C-a A' is interpreted as `prev other A' instead of
   `prev title'.

2. Changing the escape key: This is more of an issue with the terminal
   emulator rather than screen. My terminal emulator (xfce4 terminal)
   doesn't pass on the C-q to screen. Strangely when I run emacs in the
   terminal (emacs -nw) or I run emacs within screen, C-q is passed
   along just fine.

Any ideas?

PS: I start screen with `term' set to `xterm'


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