Solaris SH and backspace

It is downright frustrating when you login to, for instance, Solaris 10 while you are in a hurry and keep pushing the wrong keys so your console looks like a greasy garbage dump filled with ^H^H^H^H and you just want to stangle yourself.

I shall never forget how to solve this problem by typing in this life saving coma^hmand:

stty erase <backspace key>

The command should look like this after you have hit your backspace key:

stty erase ^H

Now backspace key will function as expected, without starting bash.

To set-and-forget this on a global level:

echo stty erase <backspace key> >> /etc/profile

 

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