I am using XFCE Terminal emulator 0.4.8.

My ~/.inputrc file:

# Insert Key
"\e[2~": paste-from-clipboard
"\C-v": paste-from-clipboard
"\M-[3~": delete-char

When I click <Del> a tilde is printed instead of deleting the next character. When I remove .inputrc file, it starts working correctly. Googling showed, that this line:

"\M-[3~": delete-char

has helped people to cure this. But not me. I inserted this line into .inputrc, even deleted all the other lines. Doesn't work.

How to fix?

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    "\e[3~": delete-char should work better – sendmoreinfo Sep 8 '15 at 22:14
  • @sendmoreinfo This is great, but when I delete a line completely with Ctrl-D, using your code, it just closes the console. – user4035 Sep 8 '15 at 22:17
  • That's C-d default action (to send EOF). You could change that with stty eof – sendmoreinfo Sep 8 '15 at 22:21
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    @sendmoreinfo I used "export IGNOREEOF=42" to make 42 consecutive Ctrl-D clicks exist the shell. – user4035 Sep 9 '15 at 7:30

The line

"\M-[3~": delete-char

is incorrect because it tells bash to look for the meta character for [, which (according to bash) could be the escape character followed by [, or it could be the character formed by OR'ing [ with 0x80, i.e., 0xdb which is Û

The actual key would use just the escape character, so you should use this setting:

"\e[3~": delete-char
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  • In my case using mintty , the "\M-[3~": delete-char was the correct bind to get rid of the TILDE :-/ – PYK Mar 6 at 10:55

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