readline is used by many interactive programs (bash, python, bc, gnuplot, ...),
and so these timesaving keybindings are very useful to know, especially when working
over remote high latency links where moving character by character can be problematic.

readline is configured using ~/.inputrc

You can create your own shortcuts by adding entries like the following:
"\e[21~": "mc\C-M" #F10 toggles mc on and off

In bash `bind -p` will give a list of bindings.

readline defaults to emacs bindings but you can change it to vi mode.

`info readline` for more info.

Ctrl+vinsert next char literally rather than interpretting 
Ctrl+rsearch (back) through history (incrementally) for typed chars 
Ctrl+{left,right}move to start,end of (previous,next) word 
Ctrl+kdel to end of line 
Ctrl+udel to start of lineThis is on all terminals
Ctrl+wdel word (to left)This is on all terminals
Alt+rundo edits 
Alt+.paste last word from previous lineAlso referenced with !$ in bash.
See also magic-space in ~/.inputrc
© May 17 2006