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.Xdefaults:

xterm*eightBitInput: false

This command apparently allows you to use a meta key + something to enter vi editing mode in a linux terminal. But what is the meta key and how do you set the something?

refrence: Barts Blog

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The Meta key is usually assigned to the Windows key on keyboards designed for Windows or the Command key on Mac keyboards. –  Patches Aug 14 '11 at 5:20

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