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

Linus Torvalds (
Sun, 23 Sep 2001 18:25:53 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 23 Sep 2001 wrote:

> Alan Cox <> wrote:
> >Your xterm is not following Linux policy - this is a solved problem in
> >Linuxspace. Debian bit the bullet a few years ago and did the neccessary
> >deed to make all their terminal emulators and console match.
> So Linux policy is to support only terminals that generate ^? for
> backspace?


Linux supports everything. Try doing a "man stty".

But the default behaviour is ^?, which makes emacs happy, and also happens
to be the default mode for most real vt100 terminals out there.

If you have a terminal that really really wants ^H, just do

stty erase ^H

and Linux will happily believe you.


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