Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Fixing backspace when ssh'ing to Linux servers in OS X 10.5

For some reason the default OS X terminal program,, sets TERM=xterm-color but doesn't send the correct keycode that a colour xterm would send when you hit backspace. The solution is to set TERM=rxvt.

The instructions at the end of that link are a bit out of date; here's how to do it on OS X 10.5.6:

- Open Terminal.

- Hit Cmd-, or select Terminal > Preferences from the menu, to bring up the Preferences.

- Click Settings (the second icon from the left in the bar along the top).

- Click Advanced (rightmost tab).

- Select 'rxvt' after 'Declare terminal as'.

- Uncheck 'Delete sends Ctrl-H'.

... and you're done. You might also want to click through to the Keyboard pane and select 'Use option as meta key', which is useful (although I wish I could use Command as the meta key).