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Solaris 5.8 - How to enable the Del button in bash

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My computer:
SunOS solaris 5.8 sparc SUNW, Ultra-5_10
I'm using bash; echo $SHELL gives:
   usr/local/bin/bash
With echo $TERM, my computer replies with "xterm".

My question:
At the command shell, and in Xemacs 21.1 patch 7, the "Del" button is really a backspace button.  How do I fix its behaviour at the shell and within Xemacs?

What I've tried:
I tried stty erase '^?' and stty erase '^H' but neither worked.  So far playing around with xmodmap is not working either.  I think this question is more difficult than it looks, but I'd be happy if you could prove me wrong.


Thanks,

Mark

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by:billwcc
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Hey, Mark,

I have pretty much an identical setup as yours, exept it's a Sparc5.
My backspace keys and delete keys seem to work fine, tho I know
that's not much good to you.

The stty man page, at the bottom, suggests also to look at man pages
for tabs, ioctl, write, getwidth, attributes, environ, ldterm, termio, and
termiox.   Maybe one of these pages can help?

Good luck, mate.
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by:Mark Ebden
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Thank you, but to be honest I dislike man pages.  I know that sounds heretical and maybe even lazy, but I don't have a weekend to read technical jargon.  I'm not very good with unix I'm afraid, and man pages are never the answer for me.  (Probably one of those feeds the other.)
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Dude!  Unix is written by smart people, for smart people.  If you want an OS written by idiots, for idiots, stick with microsoft.

The man pages are not merely technical jargon, but the actual writings of some of the greatest minds this country has ever produced:  Bill Joy, Linus Torvalds, Dennis Ritchie, Ted T'so, Brian Kernighan, to name just a few.

A mind stretched by a new idea never shrinks to its former size.
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by:Mark Ebden
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I didn't know Torvalds came from the same country as Ritchie....

I've visited the man pages - they have not helped.
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