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repetative characters in Bourne shell

To type a lot of one character (or a backspace) when using Bourne Shell or Bash, hit Alt, enter the number of times to repeat, then hit the character to be repeated.

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in zsh, this only works with

in zsh, this only works with the EMACS keymap. Though vi supports this, the vi keymap of zsh doesn't. duh.
pity that emacs is more supported than vi everywhere.

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