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Re: Please accept M-p as well as C-p

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Please accept M-p as well as C-p
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:18:43 -0500
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On 2/13/14 6:35 AM, Ed Avis wrote:
> Bash accepts the Emacs keybinding C-p to go back in the history, and C-n to 
> go forward.
> But most of the time in Emacs (when using its minibuffer) the keys you use 
> are Meta-p
> and Meta-n, or on a modern PC keyboard Alt-p and Alt-n.

I am not convinced that Alt-p and Alt-n are any more widely used than C-p
and C-n, but in any event, it's easy to bind whatever key sequence those
key combinations produce to the same editing functions as C-p and C-n.

I would further argue that the number of people using an emacs minibuffer
to run their shell commands is a small fraction of the total number of
bash users.  The folks doing that are more than capable of adding a key
binding or two.

> Currently entering M-p at the bash prompt gives some control characters.

Because that key sequence is unbound.  Take the key sequence that you see
and bind it to previous-history, e.g.,


(where \e is ESC, or meta)


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