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I'm using tcsh and I'm seeing that some of my custom and some of the default bindkey bindings do not work. Why don't they work?

For example:

I load some default bindings: bindkey -e

I check the default bindings for backward-word bindkey | grep backward-word and see:

"\302"         ->  backward-word
"\342"         ->  backward-word
"^[B"          -> backward-word
"^[b"          -> backward-word

When I try to use backward-word, Alt+Shift+b works just fine, but Alt+b does not work. What gives?

I try to create a new binding for backward-word bindkey "^[u" backward-word, but when I try to use it (Alt+u), it acts like backward-char instead.

  • that new binding works for me on Ubuntu 12.04 with tcsh 6.17.06 (alt+u -> backword one word). What kind of system are you on? Sometimes it helps to make temporary new account with nothing but standard setup to try things out. – Anthon Jun 10 '13 at 7:37
  • I'm running on Red Hat 5, using Putty or NoMachine NX from Windows 7. I just tried connecting from a different Windows 7 machine and the bindings from the above example work. Seems like something in Windows is intercepting those keys. – Victor Lyuboslavsky Jun 10 '13 at 12:34
  • If you press Ctrl+V then Alt+u, what is inserted? What does ESC u do? – Gilles Jun 10 '13 at 22:18
  • I see ^[OD. ESC u does backward-word -- seems strange. – Victor Lyuboslavsky Jun 11 '13 at 0:53
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I resolved this issue. I was running a Linux VM on top of Windows 7. Another program in Windows 7 (AutoHotkey) was overriding those key bindings.

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