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I'm trying to switch from xterm to gnome-terminal but having trouble with alt keys. I have already disabled menu access keys, but I still need 8-bit inputs. In xterm I can set 8-bit inputs in Xresources using;

xterm*eightBitInput  true

is it possible to set alt key to generate 8-bit inputs in gnome-terminal?

edit: it is also configurable using the option meta sends escape from ctrl+left click menu in xterm.

edit2: started using terminator, still need 8-bit inputs. infact, any libvte based terminal supporting 8-bit inputs I would be interested.

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8-bit input? All decent x11 programs hasn't problems with 8-bit input. Try to set locale to UTF8 before starting terminal. – paul Aug 22 '12 at 13:50
I don't have any problem with utf-8, my problem is with the alt keys. – gokcehan Aug 22 '12 at 16:47
Still no answer? :( – trusktr Oct 13 '13 at 10:45

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