Tips for Using the Keyboard in OpenSolaris Terminal

I found out that some of the important keys don't work in OpenSolaris terminal and filed a bug for this. I got really a useful response in the bug discussion so I'd like to share these tips for using the terminal in OpenSolaris:

  • Home and End keys don't work as expected in the terminal, but you can use Ctrl+a and Ctrl+e to go to the beginning and to the end of the line.
  • Ctrl-C is used for interrupting, but in order to copy and paste text you can use Ctrl-Shift-C and Ctrl-Shift-V (this is useful e.g. if you don't have a mouse with the middle button/wheel).
  • Delete key doesn't work but you can map it in terminal's options in Edit-->Profile Preference dialog in the Compatibility tab. By mapping the delete key to "ASCII DEL" you get the same behavior as backspace instead of the default tilda escape character getting printed into the terminal.

If you have other tips for using the keyboard in the terminal please share them in the comments to this entry.

Comments:

You can fix Home and End with this settings:

http://morettoni.blogspot.com/2008/08/tasti-home-e-end-in-opensolaris.html (italian post)

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/solarisx86/message/20027 (original english post)

Posted by Luca Morettoni on November 06, 2008 at 03:19 AM GMT #

Cool Luca, thanks!

Posted by Roman Strobl on November 15, 2008 at 03:43 PM GMT #

is there a good opensolaris manual on the web to download

Posted by H. Peter Klobes on October 06, 2009 at 03:35 AM GMT #

Hi Peter,

There are lots of good manuals. This page has a nice summary of them: http://wiki.genunix.org/wiki/index.php/OpenSolaris_I18n_&_L10n_Community_SketchPad/trans_status/ .

Enjoy,
Brian

Posted by Brian Leonard on October 06, 2009 at 01:53 PM GMT #

Hi Brian:
Many Thanx just what I was looking for!!!

Posted by H. Peter Klobes on November 01, 2009 at 01:32 AM GMT #

Thanks for sharing ideas.

Posted by Anand Shankar on November 23, 2009 at 03:08 AM GMT #

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