Let's get used to this. It's really just the bindings that are hard to learn. C-c C-j term-line-mode C-c C-k term-char-mode Trying to run erlang like this because remsh doesn't work without tty. How to allow distel command completion in line mode? Yes that just works: local-set-key TAB to erl-complete. Then the distel "focus" just needs to change.