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bug#29920: 25.3; term-mode f-keys

From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#29920: 25.3; term-mode f-keys
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:39:07 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Wenocur <awenocur@gmail.com> writes:

> To trigger the problem:
> Start term-mode with a visual text-mode application that requires f-keys
> to function. In my case, I was using aws-shell.
> Leave the terminal in char mode.
> Attempt to use f-keys to operate the application.
> Symptom:
> The f-keys operate as they would in any other mode.

(This bug report unfortunately got no response at the time.)

I don't have aws-shell here, but if I understand you correctly, you're
pointing out that

emacs -Q
M-x term RET RET

gives you a mode where the function keys have their default bindings
(i.e., <f3> is `kmacro-start-macro-or-insert-counter') instead of
sending the function keys to the program running in the sub-process?

This does seem rather odd -- term-mode is rather aggressive about
rebinding just about anything, but leaves the function keys alone.  Does
anybody know whether this is on purpose, or is it just because few
terminal programs use the function keys?

I think it would make conceptual sense for term-mode to pass the
function keys along to the running program.  Does anybody object to
making such a change?

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