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I am using an Ubuntu server with Byobu. For some reason, the tab key writes a tab instead of completing commands and paths. Top arrow writes ^[[A instead of the command history. Scrolling writes ^[[B. I'm wondering how to solve this: is this a byobu configuration problem, a keyboard problem?

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Do you have package libreadline installed? –  Khaled May 7 '12 at 9:34
    
libreadline6 is installed. –  Clément May 7 '12 at 9:36
    
What's your terminal? gnome-terminal? putty? xterm? This sounds like a terminal issue. –  Dustin Kirkland May 7 '12 at 19:22
    
I use Terminal.app but other shells work fine. –  Clément May 8 '12 at 14:16
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To make byobu aware of your terminal's capabilities you might want to try setting TERM=xterm or something compatible like that. Also in Terminal.app's settings, under Advanced Settings you can choose from several types of 'xterm' under the Emulation Options section. If this doesn't work then we might have to fiddle about with the byobu configuration to let it know explicitly that you have a modern terminal capable of using these kinds of characters.

I'm not a Mac user, but as a side note, you might also want to consider using iTerm2 which apparently has more features.

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