[CentOS] clicking backspace in centos3 makes ^?

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Wed Nov 30 16:58:16 UTC 2005

On 11/30/05, Peter Farrow <peter at farrows.org> wrote:
> Ps:
> If
> TERM=vt100; export TERM
> works, you can make in permanent by adding it to /etc/profile
> do a
>  source profile
> to implement it straight away...if you add it to /etc/profile
> Note: this will make it global for all subsequent users...
> P.

Bad advice.

1. it doesn't solve the problem, it only masks the symptoms.
2. It's global for all users, when it may just be affecting one with a
bad terminal emulator
3. a vt100 term type is the lowest common denominator, and will most
likely cause other modern keystrokes to become erratic.

Proper solution is to fix the terminal emulator. This is seen in a
number of things from misconfigured versions of putty on windows, to
poorly compiled versions of Eterm on linux, to iTerm or whatever it is
on osX these days claiming to be something it's not (rxvt instead of
xterm etc)

Jim Perrin
System Architect - UIT
Ft Gordon & US Army Signal Center

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