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Subject:   Emacs: Meta-Control, how to do it in Terminal?
Date:   2003-02-14 05:26:37
From:   anonymous2
There are some Emacs keybord shortcuts, such as ESC C-c for exit-recursive-edit, that seem impossible to do in Terminal from the Mac keyboard. I use ctrl-option for the meta or ESC key, but just pressing these keys and releasing them doesn't do anything, so pressing ctrl-C afterwards is just ctrl-C, not ESC C-c. How to handle this?
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  • Emacs: Meta-Control, how to do it in Terminal?
    2005-12-29 05:58:31  Trondtr [View]

    This is the bug that most of all makes me long for os9, but apart from this crucial omission, osX is great.

    In os9, i pressed ctrl-x etc for emacs C-x, and I pressed (simultaneously) ctrl-alt-x for emacs M-x. Only for some commands you have to press ESC and then the key. In osX, this possibility is blocked. In terminal settings (Keyboard), I can choose to have alt key set as meta key, but that road is blocked, for obvious reasons: Being a linguist, I need the alt key to various non-ascii letters, this was what made me a mac user in the mid eighties. In os9, there was a further option: "alt option as meta". So, how can I get my meta back?

    Trond.