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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2004 11:23 pm    Post subject: Bash: Cannot type `e' when logged in via SSH Reply with quote

Hello all,

I have curious behavior when logging into my Gentoo server/router remotely via SSH. I cannot type `e' at the bash prompt. When I run a different shell, i.e. zsh, I can type `e' just fine. When I run vim, I can type `e'.

When I sit at the box, using either the console or an X terminal (both xterm and aterm), I can type `e' even when using bash.

The closest thing to this behavior I could find was a debian-testing post, but there were no replies to the message.

I have tried logging in remotely from both Macs and PCs, with the same result.

Can anyone help me?

Relevant info:
Code:
# uname -a
Linux aleath 2.6.4-pegasos0 #4 Tue May 11 01:45:44 PDT 2004 ppc 740/750 PowerMac1,1 GNU/Linux

# emerge info
Portage 2.0.50-r6 (default-ppc-2004.1, gcc-3.2.3, glibc-2.3.2-r9, 2.6.4-pegasos0)
=================================================================
System uname: 2.6.4-pegasos0 ppc 740/750
Gentoo Base System version 1.4.10
Autoconf: sys-devel/autoconf-2.58-r1
Automake: sys-devel/automake-1.8.3
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="ppc"
AUTOCLEAN="yes"
CFLAGS="-O3 -pipe -mcpu=750"
CHOST="powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu"
COMPILER="gcc3"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xkb /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3/share/config /usr/share/config /var/bind /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/gconf /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-O3 -pipe -mcpu=750"
DISTDIR="/usr/portage/distfiles"
FEATURES="ccache"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://128.213.5.34/gentoo/ http://gentoo.binarycompass.org http://mirror.tucdemonic.org/gentoo/ http://mirror.datapipe.net/gentoo"
MAKEOPTS="-j2"
PKGDIR="/usr/portage/packages"
PORTAGE_TMPDIR="/var/tmp"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
PORTDIR_OVERLAY=""
SYNC="rsync://rsync.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage"
USE="X aim alsa apache2 arts audiofile berkdb cdr cjk crypt cups dga directfb dvd dvdr encode fbcon flac gd imagemagick imap imlib ipv6 java jikes jpeg ldap libwww maildir mikmod mysql ncurses oggvorbis opengl pam pdflib png postgres ppc quicktime ruby samba sasl sdl ssl tcpd tiff truetype unicode usb xv zlib"

# bash --version
GNU bash, version 2.05b.0(1)-release (powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu)
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello again,

I just rebooted -- and now I cannot type `e' regardless of whether using bash locally or remotely. I don't understand how on earth this could happen.

Anyone?

- Ben
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you using any strange keyboard or locale configurations?

Check your /etc/inputrc and ~/.inputrc on the server to make sure you're not doing anything weird?
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

meowsqueak wrote:
Check your /etc/inputrc and ~/.inputrc on the server to make sure you're not doing anything weird?

Thank you for pointing me toward ~/.inputrc! For some reason I had an echo statement in there. I don't even remember editing ~/.inputrc, much less why or when I did so.

Anyway, removing ~/.inputrc enabled the `e' key once more. Thanks again!
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