At 10:54 PM 8/11/2007, d.Z. wrote:

I'm a new user to FreeBSD and Unix. I used Solaris 10 last week in
lab, and found there is a difference between them.

When Solaris is installed, press backspace will give you ^H, you'll
have to "stty erase ^H" to solve this problem. But with FreeBSD 6.1,
when first installed, backspace is always bounded to erase last
character, even I have "stty erase ^?" and "stty erase2 ^?", backspace
still deletes last character input. Does any body know why is this

Solaris by default uses csh for user accounts. The backspace key assignment and for that matter, all key assignments are dependent on the both the shell and terminal definition. Reassigning keys is typical for your shell's startup profile file .cshrc for csh and .bashrc for bash.

And strange thing is with default setting (before stty erase and
erase2 to ^?), when I use Emacs, C-h will give me back space, instead
of help. I know this is desirable for experts, but I'm really new so
just want to follow the instruction first.

Applications like the shell you use interpret the terminal definition and may or may not use the same key assignments. Most applications like the shells in UNIX environments have startup files to customize the key assignments and in the case of editors even define macros.

Hope this helps.


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