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In Linux I'm used to press Ctrl-Backspace to delete the last word but I don't know how to do it in Bash terminal.

In OS X I use Alt-Backspace to do the same thing.

Is there any way of making Bash recognize the Ctrl- or Alt-Backspace key combination to delete last word?

In Linux I use terminator as terminal emulator, in OSX I use iTerm2.

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Alt-⌫ a.k.a. Alt-← a.k.a. Alt-Backspace works perfectly fine for me. I'm using Terminator 0.93. – Teddy Jun 14 '11 at 9:49
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You can always use Ctrl-W. It deletes the word before the cursor and works in every Bash.

See here for a list of Bash keyboard shortcuts.

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Thanks, I think I'm going the standard way. – licorna Jun 13 '11 at 17:34
Wow this may have changed how I use the terminal forever. Thanks! – David Nov 30 '12 at 13:52

You just need to set Option as Meta key in iTerm's preferences (Profiles » Keys).

backward-kill-word is bound to Meta-Rubout (i.e. Opt-Backspace) by default.

The same option exists (albeit less flexible) in Apple's

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Actually, you have to use the "+Esc" setting. Only setting it to "acts as: Meta" results in ? being printed instead of the word getting deleted. – slhck Jun 13 '11 at 17:32
@slhck Not for me. But since the developers recommend it anyway, it can't be a bad thing. – Daniel Beck Jun 13 '11 at 17:34

In terminator you can use the following "plugin", along with

    kill_word = <Control>BackSpace

in your config file. This will map Ctrl-Backspace to ESCDEL, another shorcut to delete last word.

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You can just use Alt-DEL instead of the normal Strg-DEL.

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