tic - terminfo compiler
tic [ -v[n] ] [ -c ] file
The command tic translates a terminfo file from the source format into
the compiled format. The results are placed in the directory
/usr/share/lib/terminfo. The compiled format is necessary for use with
the library routines in curses(3X).
-vn Specifies that (verbose) output be written to standard error
trace information showing tic's progress. The optional integer n
is a number from 1 to 10, inclusive, indicating the desired level
of detail of information. If n is omitted, the default level is
1. If n is specified and greater than 1, the level of detail is
-c Specifies to check only file for errors. Errors in use= links
are not detected.
file Contains one or more terminfo terminal descriptions in source
format (see terminfo(4)). Each description in the file describes
the capabilities of a particular terminal. When a use=entry-name
field is discovered in a terminal entry currently being compiled,
tic reads in the binary from /usr/share/lib/terminfo to complete
the entry. (Entries created from file will be used first. If
the environment variable TERMINFO is set, that directory is
searched instead of /usr/share/lib/terminfo.) tic duplicates the
capabilities in entry-name for the current entry, with the
exception of those capabilities that explicitly are defined in
the current entry.
If the environment variable TERMINFO is set, the compiled results are
placed there instead of /usr/share/lib/terminfo.
Total compiled entries cannot exceed 4096 bytes. The name field cannot
exceed 128 bytes. Terminal names exceeding 14 characters are truncated
to 14 characters and a warning message will be printed.
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tic can translate a terminfo(4) file including variables for
international functionality from the source format to the compiled
tic also recognizes the environment variable TERMINFO with a value that
includes characters from the supplementary code sets as the pathname for
the compiled result.
Entry names in terminfo(4) files must be in single-byte characters, since
the compiled result will be placed in a directory named using the first
byte of the entry name.
/usr/share/lib/terminfo/?/* compiled terminal description database
captoinfo(1M), infocmp(1M), curses(3X), terminfo(4).
When an entry, for example, entry_name_1, contains a use=entry_name_2
field, any canceled capabilities in entry_name_2 must also appear in
entry_name_1 before use= for these capabilities to be canceled in
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