According to several help posts (for example), you used to be able to enable the option/alt key to act as a meta key. Can you no longer do that in Mavericks?

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    What do you mean by a meta key? any info should be in the question and not just a link which could break in the future – user151019 Sep 22 '14 at 20:16

This is still possible in Mavericks. Have you looked under Terminal Preferences > Settings Tab > Profiles > Default Profile > Keyboard and then ticked "Use option as meta key" at the bottom?

Option as Meta

  • Wow, I feel dumb. I was looking under System Preferences, not Terminal Preferences. Thanks for your help, and apologies for the silly question. – hmg Sep 23 '14 at 21:43
  • Glad to help. It does seem kind of weird that it is a profile setting rather than a system-wide one. – aglasser Sep 23 '14 at 23:07

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