xterm tab key (temporarily) locks keyboard

Frank Eske fne.bugzilla@gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 17:45:32 GMT 2020

There may be some other key or key combination on the left side of the
keyboard that's doing this also. While the tab key can reproducibly cause
it, some other key combination might also.

Since my bash version is Jan 27, 2017 and none of my .bash scripts have
changed recently, xterm (Sep 20, 2020) seems like the most likely culprit.
I did create a .fonts file for experimentation which is just now removed.
(It's too early to tell whether that somehow created this problem.)

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 2:07 PM Frank Eske <fne.bugzilla@gmail.com> wrote:

> If the tab key is entered as the first character running the bash shell on
> an xterm terminal, the keyboard temporarily locks. Control-C writes ^C but
> doesn't unlock it. This doesn't happen on Fedora. It also doesn't lock if a
> space is typed first.
> This occurs whether or not the xterm console is in an X environment.
> For some reason I seem to accidentally do this a lot more often than I'd
> like, so it's a real nuisance. I checked this mailing list for the last
> four months and couldn't find " tab" or a useful "tab ", I find it
> difficult to believe that I'm the first to see this, so maybe there's
> something I changed that's making this happen. Any advice on what that
> might be?

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