--- On Mon, 1/25/10, James Rich <james@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:>

From: James Rich <james@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [LINUX5250] x5250 destructive backspace?
To: "Linux 5250 Development Project" <linux5250@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Monday, January 25, 2010, 2:32 PM

On Mon, 25 Jan 2010, Evan List wrote:

I've been using the wonderful x5250 5250 emulator made by James Rich.  It does nearly >>everything we need from an emulator.

Thank you for saying so :)

Some of my new users have been asking for a destructive backspace (where the backspace key >will delete the character as well as move the cursor back on space). 

I found the posting of someone else asking for this on tn5250.  Using those instructions I >>edited the source of tn5250 and compiled successfully, and destructive backspace works in >>tn5250!  I then compiled x5250-0.5.2-pre4 against that.  Sadly x5250 seems to have its own >>change needed.  While it compiles and executes fine, it still does not backspace and delete >the character.

Does anyone know if there is a source change or even a command line flag that could enable >>this?

There isn't currently an option to enable destructive backspace.  It wasn't a priority since >real 5250 terminals don't have it.  However, there's no reason why it couldn't be enabled.  >This will require a source code change.  The code should probably look for an option called >+destructivebackspace or something like that in ~/.tn5250rc.  Can you point me to the >instructions you found for destructive backspace intn5250?

James Rich

Instructions are in this post:


The help was provided by one...James Rich! :)

I'd be fine with a similar code change that I could just compile in. Currently I'm using your x5250-0.5.2-pre4.tar.gz package.

I appreciate the help, thanks.


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