Key bindings for screen

Andras Simon szajmi at
Fri Oct 21 16:17:01 UTC 2011

2011/10/21, suvayu ali <fatkasuvayu+linux at>:
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM, Andras Simon <szajmi at> wrote:
>>> I have tried that too. For lines like these,
>>>  bind ^a^[[D prev
>>>  bind ^a^[[C next
>>> I get an error like this:
>>>  bind character ^x, or (octal) \032 expected.
>> Are you sure you need that ^a there? I'd think that's not part of the
>> key. Also, if I were you, I'd try a simple key (one corresponding to a
>> printable ascii character) first, not the cursor keys. Who knows what
>> special syntax those need to be specified in.
> I have tried that, without the ^a it simply ignores the cursor keys. :(
> That said a line like this (with printable characters) work as expected:
> bind ' ' windowlist -b
> The above shows me the windowlist on pressing C-a <space> in screen.
> Similarly this attempt to interchange C-a n and C-a p also works.
> bind n prev
> bind p next

OK, so it works (and you don't need the escape key, as expected, based
on the man page).

> Am I getting the cursor key codes wrong?

Yes, probably.

> I am getting the ASCII values
> by quoting the cursor keys with C-v in bash. Is there a way to get the
> octal numbers somehow?

Now that you know where the problem lies, a little googling combined
with some experimentation should get you there (or leave you
frustrated :-)). I'm sorry I can't be of more help.



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