How can I replace py-hungry-delete-backwards for the traditional backward-kill-word in python-mode.el? I tried to define the C-DEL key in the python-mode hook but it just get ignored.

This is, I want to use the backward-kill-word command with C-DEL in a python environment.


  • Please show the actual code you've tried.
    – Stefan
    Feb 10, 2017 at 18:16

1 Answer 1


Well, I found the solution in a bugreport:

(add-hook 'python-mode-hook
          (lambda ()
            (define-key python-mode-map (kbd "<C-backspace>") 'backward-kill-word)))

For some reason my implementation of a similar hook was not working.

  • backward-kill-word should exist as M-backspace too. Feb 11, 2017 at 18:17

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