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Re: backspace and tab broken?

From: Micah Cowan
Subject: Re: backspace and tab broken?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:24:12 -0800
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Pia Mikeal wrote:
> Greetings,
>     I am not sure if this is a bug in screen or something else, but
> screen seems to be a package I can take out of the equation and the
> problem goes away.  Here is my issue, at the commandline, my virtual
> terminal prints odd diamond shaped characters to the screen when hitting
> tab or backspace ^? and ^t cause this same odd behavior.  I always run
> screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) and is the default Debian package of screen
> distributed with Kubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04.1 LTS but I had this problem
> after I upgraded to Hardy (via a clean install from CD) even when
> running the latest version of screen I compiled myself.  I am unsure if
> screen is the actual problem or if it is just a clue into the actual
> problem, since this behavior is not exhibited except for when running
> screen.  This problem is also intermittent, but occurs 90% of the time. 
> I can run a session for not long at all before it starts exhibiting this
> aberrant behavior.  Has anyone else run into this or have any ideas
> about what might be going on here?  I have tried to search for this on
> the web but had no luck hunting down other incidents of it on any forums.
>     One more odd thing to note, sometimes I use yasr (text to speech
> software) and it has the ability to announce the ASCII value for any
> character, but what displays as an odd diamond shape, just shows up as
> whatever character it should be, eg. tab if it was a tab pressed.

It sounds like something may be screwing with your termios (stty)
settings. You might check to see if one of the apps you're using is
screwing with that; and also whether one screen window can exhibit this
problem while another does not.

You said "^? and ^t", but I'm assuming that you meant "^I" for tab, as
that's the usual designation.

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Micah J. Cowan
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