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Re: arrow keys in the console

From: Pascal Bourguignon
Subject: Re: arrow keys in the console
Date: Fri, 18 May 2007 09:25:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1008 (Gnus v5.10.8) Emacs/22.0.99 (gnu/linux)

Tyler Smith <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi, 
> I'm having some issues with the arrow keys in the console, or when
> running emacs -nw under X. If I use any of the arrow keys the cursor
> moves up one paragraph and adds a letter to the screen. It's a
> different letter for each key. I thought I might have something in X
> or the console screwed up, but the arrows seem to work fine in mutt,
> the command line, slrn etc. How do I fix this for emacs?
> Here's the quoted output of up, down, right, left, pageup, and
> pagedown, if that helps:
> [5~[6~

You can fix it by setting the right value for the TERM environment variable.

What terminal emulator or what kind of console do you use?

For example, I use xterm, so I write:
TERM=xterm ; export TERM
in my ~/.bashrc file.

Otherwise, you can rebind the commands dynamically:
M-x global-set-key RET <up-arrow> RET previous-line RET
M-x global-set-key RET <down-arrow> RET next-line RET
M-x global-set-key RET <right-arrow> RET forward-char RET
M-x global-set-key RET <left-arrow> RET backward-char RET

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