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Korn Shell: Unix and Linux Programming Manual, Third Edition, The by Anatole Olczak

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Input Edit Commands

By default the editor is in input mode.

erase (User defined erase character as defined by the stty command, usually ^H or #.) Delete previous character.
^W Delete the previous blank separated word.
^D Terminate the shell.
^V Escape next character. Editing characters, the user's erase or kill characters may be entered in a command line or in a search string if preceded by a ^V. The ^V removes the next character's editing features (if any).
\ Escape the next erase or kill character.

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