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I have installed BYOBU via Brew and all the F keys work except for the F9 key which happens to be the key used to get to the menu. I have worked around this by editing the ~/.byobu/status files manually. It would be nice to get this working. Has anyone fixed this? I don't think it's a $TERM issue.

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Did you ever get this working? I'm running into this same problem now – benekastah Jul 6 '12 at 18:36
No, I have not found a solution yet. – dhempler Jul 6 '12 at 22:57
what's the output of byobu-config? Maybe python-newt is missing. – Tobias Kienzler Oct 9 '12 at 14:36
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The Byobu guys have done some work porting it to OS X. I did a fresh install via Brew and it works like it does in linux. They eliminated the need to use the F9 key. That functionality can be achieved by running.

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