[ACCEPTED]-Bash CTRL to move cursor between words/strings-bash

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Score: 111

With the default readline key bindings, ALT+B goes 5 back one word, ALT+F goes forward one word.

The 4 default Ubuntu setup additionally provides 3 CTRL+arrows like you're used to. These are in 2 /etc/inputrc and specified as follows:

# mappings for Ctrl-left-arrow and Ctrl-right-arrow for word moving
"\e[1;5C": forward-word
"\e[1;5D": backward-word
"\e[5C": forward-word
"\e[5D": backward-word
"\e\e[C": forward-word
"\e\e[D": backward-word

Not sure why we 1 need three of them...

Score: 42

As Thomas explained, you can add the bindings 10 to /etc/inputrc.

Another alternative so it loads every 9 time you log in, is putting them in ~/.bashrc like 8 this:

#use ctl keys to move forward and back in words
bind '"\eOC":forward-word'
bind '"\eOD":backward-word'

I learned that you can use cat > /dev/null to look 7 at the characters that your keyboard is 6 sending, e.g., CTRL + right arrow shows:


where 5 ^[ is the same as \e so that's where the code 4 comes from in the bind command.

You can also 3 look up bindings like this:

bind -p | grep forward-word

All of this is 2 pretty damn awesome and I'm glad I found 1 out some more power of bash.

Score: 5

A .inputrc in your home directory will cause 3 ctrl+left to stop working on Ubuntu (for 2 example).

To get everything working, add 1 the following to ~/.inputrc:

# Include system-wide inputrc, which is ignored by default when
# a user has their own .inputrc file.
$include /etc/inputrc

credit to f.kowal

Score: 1

Add $include /etc/inputrc

in ~/.inputrc

Worked for CentOS Linux release 1 8.2.2004 (Core)

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