I'm on my Ubuntu 12.04. Every time I'm editing text, I use ctrl + left/right to move/jump between words. Recently, I installed xscreensaver and changed keyboard shortcuts to activate my screensaver. But then, Ctrl + left stoped responding to normally (move to the next word to the left). Ctrl + right still jumps to next word to the right. The problem occurs whether I'm using the terminal, Gedit or even typing text in webpages.
I reverted back to gnome-screensaver, removed xscreensaver (also fixed my keyboard shortcuts). But the issue remains.
I tried to copy contents from
~/.inputrc (by default, I don't have ~/.inputrc). I got some info here: Strange characters appearing when I use the Ctrl and Arrow keys to navigate
# /etc/inputrc - global inputrc for libreadline # See readline(3readline) and `info rluserman' for more information. # Be 8 bit clean. set input-meta on set output-meta on # To allow the use of 8bit-characters like the german umlauts, uncomment # the line below. However this makes the meta key not work as a meta key, # which is annoying to those which don't need to type in 8-bit characters. # set convert-meta off # try to enable the application keypad when it is called. Some systems # need this to enable the arrow keys. # set enable-keypad on # see /usr/share/doc/bash/inputrc.arrows for other codes of arrow keys # do not bell on tab-completion # set bell-style none # set bell-style visible # some defaults / modifications for the emacs mode $if mode=emacs # allow the use of the Home/End keys "\e[1~": beginning-of-line "\e[4~": end-of-line # allow the use of the Delete/Insert keys "\e[3~": delete-char "\e[2~": quoted-insert # mappings for "page up" and "page down" to step to the beginning/end # of the history # "\e[5~": beginning-of-history # "\e[6~": end-of-history # alternate mappings for "page up" and "page down" to search the history # "\e[5~": history-search-backward # "\e[6~": history-search-forward # mappings for Ctrl-left-arrow and Ctrl-right-arrow for word moving "\e[1;5C": forward-word "\e[1;5D": backward-word "\e[5C": forward-word "\e[5D": backward-word "\e\e[C": forward-word "\e\e[D": backward-word $if term=rxvt "\e[8~": end-of-line "\eOc": forward-word "\eOd": backward-word $endif # for non RH/Debian xterm, can't hurt for RH/Debian xterm # "\eOH": beginning-of-line # "\eOF": end-of-line # for freebsd console # "\e[H": beginning-of-line # "\e[F": end-of-line $endif
if I remove /etc/inputrc, here's what I get if I hold CTRL then press right arrow five times:
Unlike the first image above, holding CTRL and pressing left arrow more than once will not print out
;5D again... it's like it's accepting the command once and doesn't do it anymore .. see below image: