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Re: Backspace on Virtual Console causes oops

To: Wayne Gowcher <>
Subject: Re: Backspace on Virtual Console causes oops
From: Pete Popov <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 11:05:42 -0700
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On Fri, 2001-10-26 at 09:12, Wayne Gowcher wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am having a problem with the backspace key on a
> virtual terminal on a 2.4.2 kernel. If I hit backspace
> when there is input at the command line - no problem
> it deletes the character before the cursor.
> But if I press backspace when there are no characters
> at the command prompt, the kernel throws an oops. The
> process causing the oops is Bash.
> Note, on the Serial console, backspace works fine all
> the time.

I'll make a guess.  With no input at the line, when you hit backspace,
the shell is probably generating a beep.  Your kernel is not handling
that.  I don't remember exactly where the "beep code" was but you can
probably find it pretty quickly.


> Has anyone ever seen anything like this ? If you have
> how did you solve it ?
> Does anyone know the program flow / program details of
> what happens when backspace is pressed eg :
>     Key In > Key passed to Routine X > Routine X
> passes it to Routine Y etc > Bash receives key.
> Or could someone point me to a doc that may explain
> this ?
> Thx
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