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What's happening is that urxvt is translating the key chord Alt+Left into the escape sequence \e\e[D (I use \e to represent an escape character). This is a reasonable choice; another common one is \eO1D. You should configure the applications running in the terminal to understand that \e\e[D means Alt+Left. For bash and other applications using the readline ...


These can be configured in ~/.Xresources file. Urxvt has Urxvt*keysym options to remap keycodes (see Urxvt man page) For example: Urxvt*keysym.A-Left: command:\000 Urxvt*keysym.A-Right: command:\000 This will remap alt+Left and alt+Right to nothing. You need to remember to do xrdb ~/.Xresources in order to this work, and spawn a new Urxvt terminal.

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