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captoinfo - convert a termcap description into a terminfo
captoinfo [-vn width] [-V] [-1] [-w width] file . . .
captoinfo looks in file for termcap descriptions. For
each one found, an equivalent terminfo description is
written to standard output. Termcap tc capabilities are
translated directly to terminfo use capabilities.
If no file is given, then the environment variable TERMCAP
is used for the filename or entry. If TERMCAP is a full
pathname to a file, only the terminal whose name is speci-
fied in the environment variable TERM is extracted from
that file. If the environment variable TERMCAP is not
set, then the file /usr/share/terminfo is read.
-v print out tracing information on standard error as
the program runs.
-V print out the version of the program in use on stan-
dard error and exit.
-1 cause the fields to print out one to a line. Other-
wise, the fields will be printed several to a line to
a maximum width of 60 characters.
-w change the output to width characters.
/usr/share/terminfo Compiled terminal description
TRANSLATIONS FROM NONSTANDARD CAPABILITIES
Some obsolete nonstandard capabilities will automatically
be translated into standard (SVr4/XSI Curses) terminfo
capabilities by captoinfo. Whenever one of these auto-
matic translations is done, the program will issue an
notification to stderr, inviting the user to check that it
has not mistakenly translated a completely unknown and
random capability and/or syntax error.
Nonstd Std From Terminfo
name name capability
BO mr AT&T enter_reverse_mode
CI vi AT&T cursor_invisible
CV ve AT&T cursor_normal
DS mh AT&T enter_dim_mode
EE me AT&T exit_attribute_mode
FE LF AT&T label_on
FL LO AT&T label_off
XS mk AT&T enter_secure_mode
EN @7 XENIX key_end
GE ae XENIX exit_alt_charset_mode
GS as XENIX enter_alt_charset_mode
HM kh XENIX key_home
LD kL XENIX key_dl
PD kN XENIX key_npage
PN po XENIX prtr_off
PS pf XENIX prtr_on
PU kP XENIX key_ppage
RT @8 XENIX kent
UP ku XENIX kcuu1
KA k; Tek key_f10
KB F1 Tek key_f11
KC F2 Tek key_f12
KD F3 Tek key_f13
KE F4 Tek key_f14
KF F5 Tek key_f15
BC Sb Tek set_background
FC Sf Tek set_foreground
HS mh Iris enter_dim_mode
XENIX termcap also used to have a set of extension capa-
bilities for forms drawing, designed to take advantage of
the IBM PC high-half graphics. They were as follows:
G2 upper left
G3 lower left
G1 upper right
G4 lower right
GR pointing right
GL pointing left
GU pointing up
GD pointing down
GH horizontal line
GV vertical line
G6 upper left
G7 lower left
G5 upper right
G8 lower right
Gr tee pointing right
Gr tee pointing left
Gu tee pointing up
Gd tee pointing down
Gh horizontal line
Gv vertical line
GG acs magic cookie count
If the single-line capabilities occur in an entry, they
will automatically be composed into an acsc string. The
double-line capabilities and GG are discarded with a warn-
IBM's AIX has a terminfo facility descended from SVr1 ter-
minfo but incompatible with the SVr4 format. The following
AIX extensions are automatically translated:
Additionally, the AIX box1 capability will be automati-
cally translated to an acsc string.
Hewlett-Packard's terminfo library supports two nonstan-
dard terminfo capabilities meml (memory lock) and memu
(memory unlock). These will be discarded with a warning
This utility is actually a link to tic(1), running in -I
The trace option isn't identical to SVr4's. Under SVr4,
instead of following the -v with a trace level n, you
repeat it n times.
curses(3), tic(1), terminfo(5)
Eric S. Raymond <email@example.com>
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
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