Ever since I've installed (virgin) RedHat 6.0 on my Dell Inspiron 7000,
the "escape" key has never worked for recalling the last command line
("Esc-K" in set -o vi mode) nor does path completion work. When I hit
the escape key, I either get a beep with nothing else or a screen flash
(xterm). I've just recently added a Port Replicator, external (Belkin)
keyboard, external (Belkin) 3-button mouse, and a Viewsonic M70B
display, all attached to the Port Replicator and the same behavior
exists using the external keyboard as the native keyboard.
Interestingly enough, the vim editor recognizes the escape key just
fine from both native keyboard and external keyboard.
To my knowledge, there doesn't seem to be any bash shell control that
assigns or modifies the escape key assignment but I don't know that for
Has anybody else run into this or would know how to examine or correct
the escape key mapping for the bash shell? Thanks, in advance, for any
help or advice offered.