Cannot toggle f-key bindings using ctrl + a + !

Bug #1004031 reported by Ankur Sinha on 2012-05-24
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Dustin Kirkland 
byobu (Fedora)

Bug Description

I use MC quite a bit and was looking to disable the byobu f-key bindings to be able to use the screen defaults. I ran into a few other bug reports that said toggle the keybindings using ctrl + a + ! would do the job. However, when I try that, all I get is this text printed in the currennt "window":

":source /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/f-keys.screen.disable" (with the starting ":")

A work around is mentioned here: and Dustin asked that a new bug be opened. I couldn't find this new bug, and since the issue exists, I'm filing this one.


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Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

Hi Ankur,

Thanks for filing. I'm not able to reproduce this in the latest Byobu (5.20) running on Ubuntu.

What version are you working with in Fedora right now?

Also, could you attach the contents of /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/f-keys* ?

Changed in byobu:
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Medium
assignee: nobody → Dustin Kirkland (kirkland)
status: In Progress → Incomplete
Ankur Sinha (sanjay-ankur) wrote :

Hi Dustin,

I'm using 5.17 (I'll file a bug requesting the maintainer to update):


Please find a tar of the /usr/share/byobu/keybindings attached.


Lupius (lupius) wrote :


I can confirm the bug affects Ubuntu Precise 12.04.01 also.

user@EliteTux:~$ dpkg -s byobu
Package: byobu
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: misc
Installed-Size: 418
Maintainer: Dustin Kirkland <email address hidden>
Architecture: all
Version: 5.17-0ubuntu1

Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

Whoops! Okay, I've triaged and fixed this one. Sorry about that. Will be fixed in byobu 5.28.

Changed in byobu:
status: Incomplete → Fix Committed
Changed in byobu:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

Bug still present in Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS.

Still broken in 12.04.3 LTS.

Keith Baker (keibak) wrote :

I'm sorry to comment on this old report, but I'm having the same issue.

When trying to disbale the function keys temporaryly through ctrl+a !, following error is shown

  $ :source /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/f-keys.screen.disable
  :source: command not found

The affected ubuntu version is current 14.04 with byobu 5.74 (Screen 4.01.00).

Keith Baker (keibak) wrote :

In addition, the script f-keys.screen.disable doesn't work either.:

$ source /usr/share/byobu/keybindings/f-keys.screen.disable
The program 'escape' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install mailavenger
register: command not found
register: command not found
readline: unknown parser directive
register: command not found
bindkey: command not found
bindkey: command not found
bindkey: command not found
bindkey: command not found
bindkey: command not found
bindkey: command not found

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