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Section - -18- How can I use the Alt key as a Meta key in an xwsh window?

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Date: 23 Jun 1994 00:00:01 EST

  First, put the following X resources wherever you put X resources:

  --- beginning of resources ---
  ! This turns Alt-key into Meta-key.

  XWsh*metaKeyMask:	8

  ! This allows multiple key modifiers in keybindings (so we can do
  ! meta-shift, meta-control, etc. and incidentally a) turns vt100
  ! cursor key mode off and b) changes the cursor key bindings.

  XWsh*keyboardType:	xlib

  ! This turns vt100 cursor key mode back on. Running 'tset' at login
  ! resets the terminal and turns the cursor keys back off, so don't
  ! run it.

  XWsh*initSequence:	\233?1h

  ! The iris-ansi terminfo entry has arrow key sequences for the ibmrt
  ! keyboard, not the xlib keyboard; for curses applications to work,
  ! the arrow keys must be bound to the sequences in the terminfo
  ! entry. Rebinding the arrow keys to match the terminfo entry is more
  ! convenient than changing the terminfo entry.

  XWsh*ckmeKeyMap:			\
      Left(any): send("\033[D");		\
      Right(any): send("\033[C");		\
      Up(any): send("\033[A");		\
      Down(any): send("\033[B");
  --- end of resources ---

  'tset' resets your terminal, so running it will undo the initSequence
  resource setting. There is a 'tset' command in the default csh/tcsh
  ~/.login file; replace the line

      eval `tset -s -Q`

  with

      if (! $?TERM) then
          eval `tset -s -Q`
      endif

  so 'tset' will run only if the TERM environment variable isn't
  already set. (You can't say 'if (! $?TERM) eval `tset -sQ`', because
  csh/tcsh evaluates the backquotes *before* the if.)

  Finally, if you use GNU Emacs, put the following in your .emacs:

      (set-input-mode nil nil t)

  This tells Emacs to allow Meta key usage even though the iris-ansi
  (xwsh) terminal description doesn't specify a Meta key.

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