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Terminal Editing Command Reference

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Terminal Editing Command Reference


Terminal Editing Command Reference


This appendix lists all the terminal editing commands and conventions, including enhanced editing features. All the command-line editing features are described below:

Enhanced
Key
Description

E1

Ctrl-A

Move the cursor to the beginning of the command line.

E

Ctrl-B

Move the cursor back one character.

NE2

Ctrl-C

Break out of the command without any change to the settings.

E

Ctrl-D

Delete the character at the cursor.

E

Ctrl-E

Move the cursor to the end of the command line.

E

Ctrl-F

Move the cursor forward one character.

NE

Ctrl-I

Recall a complete command name; same as the Tab key operation.

E

Ctrl-K

Delete all characters from the cursor to the end of the command line

E

Ctrl-L

Redisplay the current command line, same as the Ctrl-R key.

E

Ctrl-N

Recall the most recent command in the command history relative to the current pointer in the history list.

E

Ctrl-P

Recall the oldest command in the command history, beginning with the most recent command.

E

Ctrl-R

Redisplay the current command line; same as Ctrl-L key.

E

Ctrl-T

Transpose the characters to the left of the cursor with the character located at the cursor.

E

Ctrl-U

Delete all characters from the cursor to the beginning of the command line.

E

Ctrl-V

Insert a code to indicate that the immediately following value is a command entry.

E

Ctrl-W

Delete the word to the left of the cursor.

E

Ctrl-X

Delete all characters from the cursor to the beginning of the command line.

E

Ctrl-Y

Recall the most recent entry in the buffer (which contains the last ten items you deleted).

E

Esc-B

Move the cursor back one word.

E

Esc-C

Capitalize the word at the cursor.

E

Esc-D

Delete from the cursor to the end of the word.

E

Esc-F

Move the cursor forward one word.

E

Esc-L

Change the word at the cursor to lowercase.

E

Esc-Q

Insert a code to indicate that the immediately following value is a command entry.

E

Esc-U

Capitalize letters from the cursor to the end of the word.

E

Esc-Y

Recall the next deleted buffer. (Effective after using Ctrl-Y.)

NE

Backspace

Erases the character to the left of the cursor.

NE

TAB

Completes a partial entry for a command name.

NE

DEL

Deletes the character at the cursor.

1 E = Enhanced. Works in enhanced editing mode only.

2 NE = Not enhanced. Always works.


The editing commands can be logically grouped as follows:

Keystroke
Description

Ctrl-P, Ctrl-N

Scroll through command history

Ctrl-B, Ctrl-F, Ctrl-A, Ctrl-E, Esc-B, Esc-F

Move cursor

Ctrl-D, Ctrl-K, Ctrl-U, Ctrl-X, Ctrl-W, Esc-D

Key sequence for deleting text

Ctrl-Y, Esc-Y

Paste contents from delete buffer

Esc-C, Esc-L, Esc-U

Control capitalization