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If I use the following .emacs file, I am able to go to the beginning/end of the current line using the home/end keys as I would expect.

(keyboard-translate ?\C-h ?\C-?)

(add-to-list 'load-path "/home/sam/programs/go/go/misc/emacs/" t)
(require 'go-mode-load)

(global-set-key [kp-home]  'beginning-of-line) ; [Home]
(global-set-key [home]     'beginning-of-line) ; [Home]

(global-set-key [kp-end]  'end-of-line) ; [End]
(global-set-key [end]     'end-of-line) ; [End]

However, if I open up a screen session it does not function like this (the [home] key still brings me to the beginning of the buffer for some reason).

Here is my .screenrc file if anyone can spot anything funky in there:

term xterm
defutf8 on
defflow off
startup_message off

# terminfo and termcap for nice 256 color terminal
# allow bold colors - necessary for some reason
attrcolor b ".I"

# tell screen how to set colors. AB = background, AF=foreground
termcapinfo xterm 'Co#256:AB=\E[48;5;%dm:AF=\E[38;5;%dm'

#use bash as the default login shell
defshell -bash

EDIT: Apparently, using M-x describe-key (as nschum suggested) says that [begin] is getting triggered when I press the home key on my keyboard when running emacs inside screen. When I run emacs outside of screen describe-key refers to [home] as expected. It looks like the "defutf8 on" is the only keyboard-related entry in my .screenrc - is there anything else in there that might be causing issues?

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What does M-x describe-key say? –  nschum Jun 27 '11 at 16:48

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