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With release 11.10, an old byobu setting I had from screen no longer works. I used to just add

esacpe ``

at the end of ~/.byobu/keybindings to make the tickmark by escape for byobu key sequences. That allowed me to free Ctrl-a to get the standard Readline / Bash / Emacs / ... emacs behaviour of jumping to the beginning of the line.

No more. Now byobu-ctrl-a interjects, and I have not been able to figure out to the old behaviour (in essence: all defaults, but ` as escape sequence) back.

Hints, or better still, solutions, would be greatly appreciated.

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You can set this up using byobu-config. Just type that in the command line and select "Change escape sequence" and off you go. Admittedly it only allows you to set a Ctrl- sequence.

This does appear to edit ~/.byobu/keybindings for you. I tried editing it by hand and it worked for me. The contents of mine with backtick working is:

source /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/screen-escape-keys
escape ``
register x "`"      #     | Goes with the F12 definition
register x "^A"
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You're the man -- works here too. Many thanks! – Dirk Eddelbuettel Nov 8 '11 at 23:27

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