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<delete> key exits Shell Mode (on Windows)

From: Gareth Rees
Subject: <delete> key exits Shell Mode (on Windows)
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 11:48:49 +0100
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20070509)

I'm running GNU Emacs 22.1.1 (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600) of 2007-06-02 on Microsoft Windows XP.
My SHELL environment variable is set to "bash".

In a fresh emacs -q I type

M-x shell RET

What I expect to happen: the bell should ring. (<delete> should delete the character after point, but point is at the end of the buffer so there is nothing to delete.)

What happens: the shell exits.

The reason for this is that <delete> is translated to C-d by `function-key-map' and in Shell Mode C-d is bound to `comint-delchar-or-maybe-eof'.

I suggest that <delete> and C-d be disunified in Shell Mode on Windows, and the former should be bound to `delete-char'.

(This was reported in July, but not very clearly; see
I hope this report is better.)

Gareth Rees

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