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Linuxnewbie.org: Getting your backspace key to work

Jul 31, 2000, 07:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt McCollow)

[ Thanks to Sensei for this link. ]

"Several of the newer distributions seem to have a problem with the Backspace key when using kdm, xdm, or gdm (a.k.a. run-level 5). For some reason (unknown to me) they will make the Backspace key into a Delete key. I know that RedHat 6.X and Slackware 7 both fall victim to this problem. If you are using another distribution and have encountered the same problem, this text will most likely apply to you too. I will be focusing on how I solved the problem in RedHat 6.1."

"So, you just installed one of the new Linux distributions on your computer, and in keeping with your Windows experiences, you'd like to be presented with a graphical log-on to the system. This is quite easy to do in Linux, and I will not focus on it (you'll probably be able to figure out how to do it from this text anyways). Now, having configured the appropriate script(s) to allow a graphical log-on, and rebooting your computer, you are presented with a window that asks for your login name and password. You type them in, and are greeted with your favorite desktop/window manager's interface. Everything seems right, but when you open your favorite IRC client and make a mistake while typing, you realize your backspace key doesn't do anything. However if you put the cursor in front of some text, and hit the backspace key, it deletes it. What's going on?!?"

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