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Chapter 24. The Emacs Editor > Typical Problems

24.2. Typical Problems

A common problem with Emacs is that the Del or Backspace key doesn't delete the character before the cursor, as it should, but instead invokes a help prompt. This problem is caused by an incompatible terminal setup file. A fairly robust fix is to create a file named .emacs in your home directory (or edit one that's already there) and add the following lines:

(keyboard-translate ?\C-h ?\C-?)
(keyboard-translate ?\C-\\ ?\C-h)


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