Monday, May 7, 2007

Ubuntu screen backspace problem fix

Are you trying to use screen for some application and you have strange backspace behaviour? Mine was doing nothing when I hit the backspace except give me the famous Wuff --- Wuff ! To fix this you need to add something to either your /etc/bash.bashrc (global fix) or ~/.bashrc (local fix) like this:

alias screen='TERM=screen screen'


  1. Thank you so much! That was bugging the heck out of me.

  2. Thanks, fix worked on Ubuntu 7.10. Too bad it is still there.

  3. Luckily I have never seen this problem return after an update, the fix propagates fine through updates.

  4. This didn't work for me on Ubuntu 8.04 Server LTS connecting from Mac OS X 10.5.5. Even tried to 'source /etc/profile' and/or 'source /etc/bash.bashrc'. Nothing I've tried has fixed this problem. Any other suggestions?

  5. JRippy,

    You might want to try your ~/.bash_profile (or create one) as you are remotely logging in so ~/.bashrc is not being sourced.

    Hope this helps?