Cursor keys for *NIX

Gordon Beaton <>
Tue Nov 26 19:12:07 CET 2002


On 26 Nov 2002 18:03:09 GMT, Sean Hinde wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 10:39:06PM +0000, Sean Hinde wrote:
>> }  Does anyone else actually prefer cursor keys to CTRL-P, N, 
>> B, and F?
>>   
>> Since the above key bindings mean nothing to me I have never 
>> used them.
>> I'll cast my vote for another set which probably means little to you:
>> 
>> 	<CTRL>-H, <CTRL>-J, <CTRL>-K, <CTRL>-L
>> 
>> If we had command line editing in the erlang shell as it works in most
>> modern Unix shells it would be a wonderful thing.  I use the shell 
>> very often.
> 
> Exactly my point, there IS command line editing in the Erlang shell!
> It just requires use of Emacs keybindings rather than vi/pico/etc
> bindings.
> 
> I sense a commercial support feature request coming on :)

If Erlang used the readline library (at least on those platforms where
it is supported) then everyone could use the command line editing keys
they like best, and their settings would be consistent across all
programs that use readline. Just an idea...

/gordon

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