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Re: Sanest way to make emacs behave on a Solaris OS

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: Sanest way to make emacs behave on a Solaris OS
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:16:05 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.4 (gnu/linux)

Harry Putnam <> writes:

> I'm running a recent install of openindiana (one of the offshoot
> solaris OS's) and its been a good long while since I've run
> Solaris.

I use Debian, but my school uses Solaris/SunOS, so I've used Emacs
there, and ssh'd to it a lot, and I never had any problems with
Emacs not behaving as it did with my Debian. There shouldn't be
any problems at all.

> The biggest problem is that the M (alt) key is not recognized on
> solaris and so one must use the Esc key which is really awkward.
> And it seems I vaguely recall some other problems too, but right
> now that Esc key thing is such an absolute pain I haven't got
> that far.

I just tried that, and it works for me. Are you running Emacs from
a terminal emulator? In that case, it might be the emulator isn't
tuned to that key. I'm not using Emacs in X, but once I did, and I
recall that some stuff in .Xresources got the Meta key working:

xterm*metaSendsEscape: true
URxvt*altSendsEscape: true

If you use xterm or urxvt, try that. (In .xinitrc, put

xrdb ~/.Xresources

first thing.)

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