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i am SSHing to a RHEL-3 box using Putty. Backspace works correctly, but when I press the "Delete" key the deletion does not happen. Instead, it prints "~" on the screen.

Thanks in advance, Ajay

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Have you tried changing your options in the PuTTY keyboard pannel?

Alternatively, you can try to create a ~/.inputrc file on the RH box, with the following contents:

"\e[3~": delete-char

Once you've created the ~/.inputrc file, restart the shell.

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This didn't work :( – user29639 Feb 4 '10 at 21:59
You probably forgot to restart the shell. (^X ^R also works.) Also, it's supposed to be ~/.inputrc - in your homedir, not in /. – grawity Feb 5 '10 at 13:24
This worked for me in the shell, but VIM still has the error. Thanks for the help! – Diablomarcus Jan 12 '11 at 16:54

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