Logged into a screen session, when I press Backspace, Del, Down, Left, or Right while there is nothing for those keys to do, then a weird character appears that does not affect the input.

The terminal does not see that they are there, when the command is entered. Is there any fix for this ? These characters should not exist.

Here is an example of the weird character, repeated several times.

Weird Characters

EDIT: I've got "KEYMAP=us" in my /etc/vconsole.conf. Note: This is only displayed, but does not actually "exist". Meaning, it cannot be interacted with, and the terminal interprets commands as if these characters are are not there, even if they are put in the middle of a word/command

  • run stty in that terminal and see if there are any weird modes
    – user41515
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 0:28
  • As far as I can tell, none of it is weird. Here's the output: speed 38400 baud; line = 0; eol = M-^?; eol2 = M-^?; swtch = M-^?; ixany iutf8
    – Caleb
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 19:37

1 Answer 1


Maybe you are using a wrong keyboard layout. What do you have on /etc/vconsole.conf? It's only on Arch or other distros also do it?

  • I've now added it to the original post. That file contains "KEYMAP=us"
    – Caleb
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 21:38

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