You are used to navigate wordwise by hitting Alt-Left/Right or Ctrl-Left/Right on the command line. Neither of those work on the Linux console. The Alt-combinations switch the console instead. And Ctrl-Left/Right does nothing.
Bind Ctrl-Left/Right to the keycodes Alt-b and Alt-f. Those are interpreted by readline as word navigation commands. Do it like this:
First create a file /usr/local/wordnav.keys with this content:
control keycode 105 = Meta_b control keycode 106 = Meta_f
Then load this file using loadkeys:
# loadkeys /usr/local/wordnav.keys Loading /usr/local/wordnav.keys
Now Ctrl-Left/Right navigates word-wise even on the console.
You probably want to make this permanent. Here is a solution for SuSE Linux (tested on 9.0, but should work on 8.x as well).
After loading the new keys dump the complete keymap into a file /usr/local/mykeymap:
# dumpkeys > /usr/local/mykeymap
SuSE configures within the file /etc/sysconfig/keyboard which keymap file is to be loaded. Here you set the variable KEYTABLE:
# Keyboard settings for the text console # # Keyboard mapping # (/usr/share/kbd/keymaps/) # e.g. KEYTABLE="de-latin1-nodeadkeys", "us" or empty for US settings # KEYTABLE="/usr/local/keymap"
Keywords: console ctrlleft ctrlright altleft altright word commandline suse90 suse Author: Mathias Kettner