tic - Translates terminfo files from source to compiled
tic [-v[number]] [-c] [file...]
The tic command translates terminfo files from the source
format into the compiled format.
Checks the file for errors only. Errors in the use= field
are not detected. Writes trace information on the
progress of the tic command. The number parameter is an
integer, from 0 to 8, that increases the level of verbosity.
If number is omitted, the default is 1.
If a file is not specified, the tic command reads standard
The tic command places the results in the
/usr/share/lib/terminfo directory. If the TERMINFO environment
variable is set, the results are placed there
instead of in /usr/share/lib/terminfo.
The tic command compiles all terminfo descriptions in the
file or files specified by the file variable. When the tic
command finds a use= field, it searches first the current
file, then reads in the binary from /usr/share/lib/terminfo
to complete the entry. If the environment variable
TERMINFO is set, that directory is searched instead of
The size of a compiled entry cannot exceed 4096 bytes and
the name field cannot exceed 128 bytes. Terminal names
exceeding 14 characters are truncated to 14 characters and
a warning message is printed.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES [Toc] [Back]
The following environment variables affect the behavior of
tic: Causes the command to behave as a System V command if
the value of this environment variable is set to SVR4 or
svr4. The options designated by [SVR4] are honored while
identical non-System V options are ignored. Command output
and error messages also follow System V conventions.
Terminal information database.
Commands: captoinfo(1), infocmp(1)
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