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A.39 Why doesn't the BackSpace key function correctly in Linux?


All applications that run under XFree (the X11 port for Linux), seem to have the problem that the BackSpace key acts like the Delete key: they both delete the character after the cursor (they have the same key code). You can assign them the right key codes in a file called .Xmodmap in your home directory. Add to that file the following two lines (and restart X): 

keycode 22 = BackSpace
keycode 107 = Delete

Frank Dehne,Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam