Re: [PATCH] tty canonical mode: nicer erase behaviour

Alan Cox (
Sun, 23 Sep 2001 21:05:56 +0100 (BST)

> One of the long-standing problems preventing Unix from being a
> user-friendly desktop OS is its handling of erase keys. There are

Not a kernel space issue

> often two such keys on a keyboard (Backspace and Delete), and which one
> works depends very much on context -- many text editing programs will
> only accept one of the erase-related characters (^H and ^?), and the

They do different things, they are different keys.

Erase character policy is precisely defined by posix. Fix problem apps.
Debian set a policy on this a long time back and have done wonders since
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