redefining (meta backspace) as backward-kill-word in xemacs

Jonathan Baron baron at
Tue Jan 22 14:50:39 CET 2002

I got in the habit of using alt-backspace for backward-kill-word,
although xemacs seems to want me to use alt-delete.  I can keep
my habit for most modes in xemacs with

(global-set-key [(meta backspace)] 'backward-kill-word)

in my .emacs file.  But this does not carry over to ess.  And
alt-backspace doesn't seem to be needed for anything else.  When
I try it I get "Point is not a function."  I have tried all sorts
of things, such as

(add-hook 'inferior-ess-mode-hook '(lambda ()
 (define-key inferior-ess-mode-map [(meta backspace)] 'backward-kill-word)))


(add-hook 'inferior-ess-mode-hook '(lambda ()
 (local-set-key [(meta backspace)] 'backward-kill-word)))

but nothing works.  Ideas?

Jon Baron

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