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Re: M-<function-key> vs. ESC <function-key>

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: M-<function-key> vs. ESC <function-key>
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2005 12:36:22 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>> Yes, I do, because that's what Emacs is receiving when I press
>> Meta-left, for example.  More specifically, when I type
>> Meta-left at Emacs running in xterm it receives the key sequence
>> [?\e ?\e ?O ?D], which gets translated to [?\e left] through
>> function-key-map.
>> That is a surprise to me.  Someone must have changed this in recent
>> years.

> He did not say what his input terminal is.  It may not be X.

He said it's an xterm.  I see the same behavior as he does.
It's been that way for as long as I can remember (the Meta->ESC mapping
done by xterm is an option, which needs to be ON if you want 8bit chars).


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