[nycbug-talk] terminals, telnet, blast from past

Miles Nordin carton at Ivy.NET
Tue Aug 28 18:46:37 EDT 2007

>>>>> "cs" == Charles Sprickman <spork at bway.net> writes:

    cs> dealing with people coming in with the windows telnet client
    cs> and trying to run "pine",

TERM=ansi is best for Windows telnet, but really it is pretty
hopeless.  I think it would be better to tell them to run a Java ssh
client if they refuse to install anything.


If backspace doesn't work in cooked mode (try 'cat > /dev/null' and
see if it works there.  'bash' will work with either backspace, even
if you're misconfigured.), then you need to run 'stty erase ^?' or
'stty erase ^H'.  You can type carat ? or carat space on the stty
command line.

In general fixing with stty isn't okay.  You absolutely need to
arrange for the backspace key on your terminal to send ^?, because ^H
is already bound to the Help key in emacs, so it is not okay to reuse
it as a backspace.  Then, you won't be able to use help in emacs,
unless you manually reconfigure emacs which will make it unlike emacs
on other Unixes and seriously piss people off.  ^?  is right, and ^H
is simply wrong.  Even things like the FreeBSD console get this wrong.
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