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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       infocmp - compare or print out terminfo descriptions

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       infocmp [-dceEGgnpqrILCuV1] [-v n] [-s d| i| l| c]
	     [-w width] [-A directory] [-B directory]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       infocmp	can be used to compare a binary terminfo entry with other terminfo
 entries, rewrite a terminfo description to take advantage of  the
       use=  terminfo  field,  or  print  out  a terminfo description from the
       binary file (term) in a variety of formats.  In all cases, the  boolean
       fields  will be printed first, followed by the numeric fields, followed
       by the string fields.

   Default Options    [Toc]    [Back]
       If no options are specified and zero or one  termnames  are  specified,
       the -I option will be assumed.  If more than one termname is specified,
       the -d option will be assumed.

   Comparison Options [-d] [-c] [-n]
       infocmp	compares  the  terminfo  description  of  the  first  terminal
       termname  with  each  of  the descriptions given by the entries for the
       other terminal's termnames.  If a capability is defined for only one of
       the  terminals, the value returned will depend on the type of the capability:
 F for boolean variables, -1 for integer variables, and NULL for
       string variables.

       The  -d	option	produces  a  list of each capability that is different
       between two entries.  This option is  useful  to  show  the  difference
       between two entries, created by different people, for the same or similar

       The -c option produces a list of each capability that is common between
       two  entries.   Capabilities that are not set are ignored.  This option
       can be used as a quick check to see if the -u option is worth using.

       The -n option produces a list of each capability  that  is  in  neither
       entry.	If  no termnames are given, the environment variable TERM will
       be used for both of the termnames.  This can be used as a  quick  check
       to see if anything was left out of a description.

   Source Listing Options [-I] [-L] [-C] [-r]
       The  -I, -L, and -C options will produce a source listing for each terminal

	    -I	 use the terminfo names
	    -L	 use the long C variable name listed in <term.h>
	    -C	 use the termcap names
	    -r	 when using -C, put out all capabilities in termcap form

       If no termnames are given, the environment variable TERM will  be  used
       for the terminal name.

       The  source produced by the -C option may be used directly as a termcap
       entry, but not all parameterized strings can be changed to the  termcap
       format.	 infocmp  will	attempt  to  convert most of the parameterized
       information, and anything not converted will be plainly marked  in  the
       output and commented out.  These should be edited by hand.

       All  padding  information  for  strings	will be collected together and
       placed at the beginning of the string where termcap expects it.	Mandatory
  padding  (padding	information  with  a trailing '/') will become

       All termcap variables no longer supported by terminfo,  but  which  are
       derivable  from other terminfo variables, will be output.  Not all ter-
       minfo capabilities will be translated; only those variables which  were
       part of termcap will normally be output.  Specifying the -r option will
       take off this restriction, allowing all capabilities to	be  output  in
       termcap form.

       Note that because padding is collected to the beginning of the capability,
 not all capabilities are output.  Mandatory padding  is  not  supported.
	 Because termcap strings are not as flexible, it is not always
       possible to convert a terminfo string  capability  into	an  equivalent
       termcap	format.  A subsequent conversion of the termcap file back into
       terminfo format will not necessarily reproduce  the  original  terminfo

       Some  common  terminfo  parameter sequences, their termcap equivalents,
       and some terminal types which commonly have such sequences, are:

	   terminfo		       termcap	 Representative Terminals
	   %p1%c		       %.	 adm
	   %p1%d		       %d	 hp, ANSI standard, vt100
	   %p1%'x'%+%c		       %+x	 concept
	   %i			       %iq	 ANSI standard, vt100
	   %p1%?%'x'%>%t%p1%'y'%+%;    %>xy	 concept
	   %p2 is printed before %p1   %r	 hp

   Use= Option [-u]
       The -u option produces a terminfo source description of the first  terminal
  termname	which is relative to the sum of the descriptions given
       by the entries for the other terminals termnames.  It does this by analyzing
  the  differences  between  the  first  termname	and  the other
       termnames and producing a description with use= fields  for  the  other
       terminals.  In this manner, it is possible to retrofit generic terminfo
       entries into a terminal's description.  Or, if  two  similar  terminals
       exist, but were coded at different times or by different people so that
       each description is a full description, using infocmp  will  show  what
       can be done to change one description to be relative to the other.

       A  capability  will  get  printed  with	an at-sign (@) if it no longer
       exists in the first termname, but one of  the  other  termname  entries
       contains  a  value  for	it.   A capability's value gets printed if the
       value in the first termname is not found in any of the  other  termname
       entries,  or  if  the first of the other termname entries that has this
       capability gives a different value for the capability than that in  the
       first termname.

       The order of the other termname entries is significant.	Since the terminfo
 compiler tic does a left-to-right scan of the capabilities, specifying
  two  use=  entries  that contain differing entries for the same
       capabilities will produce different results depending on the order that
       the  entries  are given in.  infocmp will flag any such inconsistencies
       between the other termname entries as they are found.

       Alternatively, specifying a capability after a use= entry that contains
       that  capability  will  cause  the  second specification to be ignored.
       Using infocmp to recreate a description can be a useful check  to  make
       sure  that  everything  was  specified correctly in the original source

       Another error that does not cause incorrect compiled  files,  but  will
       slow  down  the	compilation time, is specifying extra use= fields that
       are superfluous.  infocmp will flag any other termname use= fields that
       were not needed.

   Changing Databases [-A directory] [-B directory]
       The  location of the compiled terminfo database is taken from the environment
 variable TERMINFO .  If the variable is	not  defined,  or  the
       terminal  is  not found in that location, the system terminfo database,
       in /usr/share/terminfo, will be used.  The options -A  and  -B  may  be
       used  to  override  this location.  The -A option will set TERMINFO for
       the first termname and the -B option will set TERMINFO  for  the  other
       termnames.   With  this,  it  is possible to compare descriptions for a
       terminal with the same name located in two different  databases.   This
       is  useful  for comparing descriptions for the same terminal created by
       different people.

   Other Options [-s d|i|l|c] [-1FTVefip] [-Rsubset] [-v n] [-w width]
       The -s option sorts the fields within each type according to the  argument

       d    leave  fields  in  the  order that they are stored in the terminfo

       i    sort by terminfo name.

       l    sort by the long C variable name.

       c    sort by the termcap name.

	    If the -s option is not given, the	fields	printed  out  will  be
	    sorted  alphabetically  by	the  terminfo  name  within each type,
	    except in the case of the -C or the -L options,  which  cause  the
	    sorting  to  be  done  by  the termcap name or the long C variable
	    name, respectively.

       -1   causes the fields to be printed out one to a line.	Otherwise, the
	    fields  will be printed several to a line to a maximum width of 60

       -F   compare terminfo files.  This assumes that two following arguments
	    are  filenames.   The  files  are  searched  for  pairwise matches
	    between entries, with two entries considered to match  if  any  of
	    their  names  do.	The  report  printed  to standard output lists
	    entries with no matches in the other file, and entries  with  more
	    than  one match.  For entries with exactly one match it includes a
	    difference report.	Normally, to reduce the volume of the  report,
	    use  references  are  not resolved before looking for differences,
	    but resolution can be forced by also specifying -r.

       -G   Display constant literals in decimal form rather than their  character

       -a   tells  infocmp  to	retain	commented-out capabilities rather than
	    discarding them.  Capabilities are	commented  by  prefixing  them
	    with a period.

       -q   Make  the  comparison listing shorter by omitting subheadings, and
	    using "-" for absent capabilities, "@" for	canceled  rather  than

	    Restrict  output  to  a given subset.  This option is for use with
	    archaic versions of terminfo like those on SVr1, Ultrix, or  HP/UX
	    that  do not support the full set of SVR4/XSI Curses terminfo; and
	    variants such as AIX that have their own  extensions  incompatible
	    with  SVr4/XSI.   Available terminfo subsets are "SVr1", "Ultrix",
	    "HP", and "AIX"; see terminfo(5) for details.  You can also choose
	    the  subset  "BSD"	which  selects	only capabilities with termcap
	    equivalents recognized by 4.4BSD.

       -T   eliminates size-restrictions  on  the  generated  text.   This  is
	    mainly  useful  for  testing  and  analysis,  since  the  compiled
	    descriptions are limited (e.g., 1023 for termcap,  4096  for  terminfo).

       -V   reports the version of ncurses which was used in this program, and

       -e   Dump the capabilities of the given terminal as a C initializer for
	    a  TERMTYPE  structure  (the  terminal capability structure in the
	    <term.h>).	This option is useful for preparing  versions  of  the
	    curses library hardwired for a given terminal type.

       -E   Dump  the  capabilities of the given terminal as tables, needed in
	    the C initializer for a TERMTYPE structure (the terminal  capability
 structure in the <term.h>).  This option is useful for preparing
 versions of the curses library hardwired for a given  terminal
	    type.  The tables are all declared static, and are named according
	    to the type and the name of the corresponding terminal entry.

	    Before ncurses 5.0, the split between the -e and  -E  options  was
	    not  needed;  but  support	for extended names required making the
	    arrays of terminal capabilities separate from the TERMTYPE	structure.

       -f   Display  complex terminfo strings which contain if/then/else/endif
	    expressions indented for readability.

       -g   Display constant character literals in  quoted  form  rather  than
	    their decimal equivalents.

       -i   Analyze  the  initialization (is1, is2, is3), and reset (rs1, rs2,
	    rs3), strings in the entry.  For each string, the  code  tries  to
	    analyze  it into actions in terms of the other capabilities in the
	    entry, certain X3.64/ISO 6429/ECMA-48  capabilities,  and  certain
	    DEC  VT-series  private  modes  (the  set  of  recognized  special
	    sequences has been selected for  completeness  over  the  existing
	    terminfo  database).   Each report line consists of the capability
	    name, followed by a colon  and  space,  followed  by  a  printable
	    expansion  of  the capability string with sections matching recognized
 actions translated into {}-bracketed descriptions.  Here  is
	    a list of the DEC/ANSI special sequences recognized:

			 Action        Meaning
			 RIS	       full reset
			 SC	       save cursor
			 RC	       restore cursor
			 LL	       home-down
			 RSR	       reset scroll region

			 ISO DEC G0    enable DEC graphics for G0
			 ISO UK G0     enable UK chars for G0
			 ISO US G0     enable US chars for G0
			 ISO DEC G1    enable DEC graphics for G1
			 ISO UK G1     enable UK chars for G1
			 ISO US G1     enable US chars for G1

			 DECPAM        application keypad mode

			 DECPNM        normal keypad mode
			 DECANSI       enter ANSI mode

			 DEC[+-]CKM    application cursor keys
			 DEC[+-]ANM    set VT52 mode
			 DEC[+-]COLM   132-column mode
			 DEC[+-]SCLM   smooth scroll
			 DEC[+-]SCNM   reverse video mode
			 DEC[+-]OM     origin mode
			 DEC[+-]AWM    wraparound mode
			 DEC[+-]ARM    auto-repeat mode

	    It	 also  recognizes  a  SGR  action  corresponding  to  ANSI/ISO
	    6429/ECMA Set Graphics Rendition, with the	values	NORMAL,  BOLD,
	    UNDERLINE,	BLINK,	and  REVERSE.	All but NORMAL may be prefixed
	    with `+' (turn on) or `-' (turn off).

	    An SGR0 designates an  empty  highlight  sequence  (equivalent  to

       -p   Ignore padding specifications when comparing strings.

       -v n prints  out  tracing  information on standard error as the program
	    runs.  Higher values of n induce greater verbosity.

       -w width
	    changes the output to width characters.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

       /usr/share/terminfo Compiled terminal description database.

EXTENSIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       The -E, -F, -G, -R, -T, -V, -a, -e, -f, -g, -i, -p, and -q options  are
       not supported in SVr4 curses.

       The  -r	option's  notion of `termcap' capabilities is System V Release
       4's.  Actual BSD curses versions will have a more restricted  set.   To
       see only the 4.4BSD set, use -r -RBSD.

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

       The -F option of infocmp(1M) should be a toe(1M) mode.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       infocmp(1M),    captoinfo(1M),	 infotocap(1M),    tic(1M),   toe(1M),
       curses(3X), terminfo(5).

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Eric  S.  Raymond  <esr@snark.thyrsus.com>   and   Thomas   E.	Dickey

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