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I'm logging into an AIX 5.3 Machine with putty via SSH.

When I press TAB it will actually insert a TAB instead of trying to complete a statement, up and down keys don't cycle through history but actually move my cursor and things like ctrl-d and control-e only yield gibberish instead of doing what they are supposed to.

This happens both with csh and ksh. It's really annoying.

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You can probably map the keys properly with "stty", but my solution was to install bash, to the chagrin of the administrators.

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Seconded...bash is wonderful. I use it on my z/OS systems instead of sh. – Anthony Giorgio Sep 9 '09 at 19:05

To use completion in ksh, you need to use ESC + \. To fix the other keyboard control use stty as mentioned by Tim.

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