Have you ever SSH'ed onto a remote linux server only to find that your Home and End keys don't take you to the start and end of the line and instead give you a rather unhelpful "~"?
One solution is to use CTRL-A instead of Home and CTRL-E instead of End but I wanted to solve it properly.
The linux command line is managed by
readline. The configuration file for controlling key bindings (amongst other things) is
/etc/inputrc. In Ubuntu this file contains a number of commented out sections relating to the Home and End keys. To find out which keycodes are being sent to readline when Home & End are pressed I used
od - a stdin dump utility which can display ASCII characters or backslash escapes:
$ od -c
<Home key pressed> ^[[7~
<End key pressed> ^[[8~
The key bits here are the 7 and 8, these need to be entered at the very end of
"\e[7~": beginning-of-lineAfter you've made these changes logout and back in again and now your Home & End keys should be working perfectly!
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