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NAME

       setmetamode - define the keyboard meta key handling

SYNOPSIS

       setmetamode [ meta|bit|metabit | esc|prefix|escprefix ]

DESCRIPTION

       Without  argument,  setmetamode  prints the current Meta key mode.  With argument, it sets
       the Meta key mode as indicated.  The setting before and after the change are reported.

       The Meta key mode is specific for each VT (and the VT corresponding to stdin is used).

OPTIONS

       esc prefix escprefix
              The Meta key sends an Escape prefix.

       meta bit metabit
              The Meta key sets the high order bit of the character.

EXAMPLE

       One might use setmetamode in an /etc/rc script to define the initial state of the Meta key
       mode, e.g. by

              INITTY=/dev/tty[1-8]
              for tty in $INITTY; do
                     setmetamode escprefix < $tty
              done

SEE ALSO

       loadkeys(1).