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Re: Making Backspace Work Like VI

From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: Making Backspace Work Like VI
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2009 21:08:47 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1 (gnu/linux)

deech <address@hidden> writes:

> Ok, I found overwrite-mode which replaces text instead of inserting.
> But how do I make backspace move left instead of deleting?

Bind "backspace" to (backward-char).


(global-set-key (kbd "<backspace>") 'backward-char)


As a point I think its generally a bad idea to try and use the use cases
from one editor in another as before you know it you have a Frankenstein
editor which doesn't know what it is :-)

> thanks ...
> -deech
> On Dec 4, 1:09 pm, deech <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> In Vi, in insert mode, backspace does the same thing as the left
>> arrow, and every keystroke overwrites a character. Is there a similar
>> "replace mode" in emacs?
>> thanks ...
>> -deech


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