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inconsistent DELETE key behaviour


From: Laurent Wacrenier
Subject: inconsistent DELETE key behaviour
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 15:16:56 +0200 (CEST)

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In GNU Emacs 21.1.1 (i386--freebsd, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars)
 of 2001-10-22 on victor.teaser.fr
configured using `configure  --with-x-toolkit --with-pop --with-sound=yes 
--prefix=/usr/local i386--freebsd'
Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: fr_FR.ISO8859-15
  locale-coding-system: iso-latin-9
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

Hi, 

 I'm using Emacs 21.1 on X window and on terminal modes.  I've noticed
the DELETE key behaviour a changed but on window system only, even
running emacs with the -q option :

  - on terminal mode, DELETE erases the character backward
    (as any Unix terminal application does)
  - on window mode, its erases the character forward

It's very confusive. My opinion is that the terminal way is better but
whatever option is choised, the key must have the same default
behaviour in the two modes, and if possible, never changer after.

As my .emacs is used on Emacs 20 too, I'm using this workaround :

 (and
   window-system
   (functionp 'normal-erase-is-backspace-mode)
   (normal-erase-is-backspace-mode nil))

Recent input:
ESC x r e p o r t - e m a c s - b u g RET

Recent messages:
(emacs)
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Loading /usr/local/libexec/emacs/21.1/i386--freebsd/fns-21.1.1.el 
(source)...done
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