When I press
alt + left arrow, Urxvt prints
alt + up arrow prints
Is there a way to disable this behavior so that urxvt just does nothing?
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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
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 library, add a line like this in your
~/.inputrc (in this example, I make the key combination move backward word by word):
Alternatively, configure rxvt to send
\eO1D (and if necessary teach your applications to understand this as Alt+Left). This might be more convenient than
\e\e[D because it doesn't have two control characters in a row. You can configure rxvt's key bindings through X resources. Put the following line in your
~/.Xresources (many environments load it when you log in; to load the file manually, run
xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources):
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.