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Re: on keyboard behavior in emacs -nw

From: Harry Putnam
Subject: Re: on keyboard behavior in emacs -nw
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:05:27 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Héctor Lahoz <> writes:


>> In emacs -nw M-x, instead of giving the familiar `M-x' prompt it
>> inserts a tiny char in the buffer that looks something like a tiny
>> planet with with a ring around on forward leaning angle.
>> In fact M+<many-keys> many letters and other char create letters with
>> various accents or the like:
>> M-x = ø
>> M-a = á
>> M-q = ñ


>> Any one know what causes this?

> Don't know exactly. It depends on the terminal you're using.
> For example, this is seen in XTerm. If you use XTerm, you can
> solve that by toggling the option "Meta sends escape" which you
> can reach by C-down-Mouse-1 (Ctrl + left button).

Thanks Héctor

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Bob Proulx <> writes:


> That is what I do.  I run emacs in Xterm with the following Xresources set.
>   XTerm*metaSendsEscape:true

Thanks Bob

Thanks to all responders. I see what I've done now.
I recently updated debian from `jessie' to (debian 9) `stretch'

I did the upgrade by means of a new fresh install.

I've been lugging along a very old .Xdefaults, from the days when that
was the file we used to tell X our preferences.  And have kept it on
every OS for years.. I've just been symlinking ~/.Xresources to it
~/.Xdefaults ever since that change happened... years ago, now.

I forgot to create that symlink when I updated to `stretch'

I've had
  XTerm*metaSendsEscape:        true
in there for a good while.

Thanks to you all, once again.

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