I am trying to set console emacs to use 8-bit meta rather than interpreting it as a character. The reason for this is so I can use meta as a modifier in Vim for my own keybindings. So setting xterm to "Meta Sends Escape" is not an option.

I would think that setting meta-flag would do what I want as described below, but meta-flag no longer appears to be a variable in this version of emacs (23.1.1)


Also the set-input-mode seems to do what I want but it also isn't in my version of emacs.

google: set-input-mode interrupt flow meta quit-char

(Sorry, I can only use 1 link)

Any ideas or alternatives?


Basically, 8-bit meta is ancient deprecated stuff. Nobody wants to waste a whole bit on Meta anymore. And with Unicode and all these modern newfangled things, people do not want to be restricted to inputting US-ASCII. Besides, ¡unɟ sᴉ ǝpoɔᴉu∩

  • Interesting, that could explain why it is so hard to find information about it. Do you know any good alternatives? – Jason Axelson Oct 25 '09 at 9:30
  • @Bostonvaulter: Your reason for wanting 8-bit meta is something in Vim - I don't use it, so I can't help you there. – Teddy Oct 25 '09 at 19:33
  • Yeah, perhaps there is some way to get vim to work without 8-bit meta. – Jason Axelson Oct 27 '09 at 6:04

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