Keyboard problems with Python shell over SSH

Stian Soiland stian at
Sun Jan 23 22:36:56 CET 2005

På 23. jan 2005 kl. 21:55 skrev Nils Emil P.Larsen:
> I connect to my server using SSH and then run 'python' to enter the
> shell.  I can't use the arrow buttons (up, down, left and right).
> Instead I get this ^[[A , ^[[B,  ^[[C or  ^[[D.

Your Python installation is probably compiled without readline support. 
It is the readline library that enables arrow keys and Ctrl-R and stuff 
to work.

Try "import readline" - you will probably get an error.

I won't go into detail on how to install readline on your OS. In 
Linuxes, it might be apt-get install readline-dev. In other OSes, 
different licensing and packaging issues might have prevented 
readline's precense.

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