[CentOS] Very strange problem i have faced in my 2 years carrier

Andy Green andy at warmcat.com
Wed Sep 12 10:57:53 UTC 2007

Somebody in the thread at some point said:
> On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 09:24:57AM +0100, Andy Green wrote:
>> Somebody in the thread at some point said:
>>> the spelling of root was changed from "root" to "R00t". i changed to
>> I have seen vi do this action when it didn't understand a keycode on teh
>> terminal you are using properly... change the case of a few letters next
>> to the cursor.  But IIRC that was busybox vi.
> What you saw was the act of the the ~ key, which changes case in vi.
> Now a lot of the extra keys have escape sequences ending in a ~ (eg ^[[14~
> is F4 on some terminals).  Now, if vi doesn't recognise these extended
> sequences as referring to a single key press, then it might treat it as
> the commands ESCAPE followed by [1 (probably won't do anything) followed
> by 4~  - ie it will change the case of the next 4 characters.

Well thanks for the explanation... IIRC it was being provoked in my case
rather annoyingly by Home and End that my fingers had gotten used to using.


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