Diffstat (limited to 'contrib/ncurses/man/tic.1m')
1 files changed, 101 insertions, 71 deletions
diff --git a/contrib/ncurses/man/tic.1m b/contrib/ncurses/man/tic.1m
index e3a095453d3c..f13e0fd31f6c 100644
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
-.\" Copyright (c) 1998,1999,2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc. *
+.\" Copyright (c) 1998-2005,2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. *
.\" Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a *
.\" copy of this software and associated documentation files (the *
@@ -26,7 +26,7 @@
.\" authorization. *
-.\" $Id: tic.1m,v 1.29 2000/08/19 18:51:05 tom Exp $
+.\" $Id: tic.1m,v 1.43 2006/05/13 15:14:01 tom Exp $
.TH tic 1M ""
.ds n 5
.ds d @TERMINFO@
@@ -34,23 +34,28 @@
\fBtic\fR - the \fIterminfo\fR entry-description compiler
@@ -74,11 +79,23 @@ Libraries that read terminfo entries are expected to check for a TERMINFO
directory first, look at \fI$HOME/.terminfo\fR if TERMINFO is not set, and
finally look in \fI\*d\fR.
+restricts the output to a single column
tells \fBtic\fP to retain commented-out capabilities rather than discarding
them. Capabilities are commented by prefixing them with a period.
This sets the \fB-x\fR option, because it treats the commented-out
entries as user-defined names.
+If the source is termcap, accept the 2-character names required by version 6.
+Otherwise these are ignored.
+Force source translation to termcap format. Note: this differs from the \fB-C\fR
+option of \fIinfocmp\fR(1M) in that it does not merely translate capability
+names, but also translates terminfo strings to termcap format. Capabilities
+that are not translatable are left in the entry under their terminfo names
+but commented out with two preceding dots.
tells \fBtic\fP to only check \fIfile\fR for errors, including syntax problems and
@@ -88,35 +105,28 @@ will print warnings about entries which, after use resolution, are more than
libraries (and a documented limit in terminfo), these entries may cause core
-specifies that (verbose) output be written to standard error trace
-information showing \fBtic\fR's progress. The optional integer
-\fIn\fR is a number from 1 to 10, inclusive, indicating the desired
-level of detail of information. If \fIn\fR is omitted, the default
-level is 1. If \fIn\fR is specified and greater than 1, the level of
-detail is increased.
-Write compiled entries to given directory. Overrides the TERMINFO environment
-specifies the width of the output.
-restricts the output to a single column
+Limit writes and translations to the following comma-separated list of
+If any name or alias of a terminal matches one of the names in
+the list, the entry will be written or translated as normal.
+Otherwise no output will be generated for it.
+The option value is interpreted as a file containing the list if it
+contains a '/'.
+(Note: depending on how tic was compiled, this option may require \fB-I\fR or \fB-C\fR.)
-Force source translation to termcap format. Note: this differs from the -C
-option of \fIinfocmp\fR(1M) in that it does not merely translate capability
-names, but also translates terminfo strings to termcap format. Capabilities
-that are not translatable are left in the entry under their terminfo names
-but commented out with two preceding dots.
+Display complex terminfo strings which contain if/then/else/endif expressions
+indented for readability.
Display constant literals in decimal form
rather than their character equivalents.
+Display constant character literals in quoted form
+rather than their decimal equivalents.
Force source translation to terminfo format.
@@ -125,10 +135,10 @@ Force source translation to terminfo format
using the long C variable names listed in <\fBterm.h\fR>
-Disable smart defaults.
-Normally, when translating from termcap to terminfo, the compiler makes
+Disable smart defaults.
+Normally, when translating from termcap to terminfo, the compiler makes
a number of assumptions about the defaults of string capabilities
-\fBreset1_string\fR, \fBcarriage_return\fR, \fBcursor_left\fR,
+\fBreset1_string\fR, \fBcarriage_return\fR, \fBcursor_left\fR,
\fBcursor_down\fR, \fBscroll_forward\fR, \fBtab\fR, \fBnewline\fR,
\fBkey_backspace\fR, \fBkey_left\fR, and \fBkey_down\fR, then attempts
to use obsolete termcap capabilities to deduce correct values. It also
@@ -136,55 +146,67 @@ normally suppresses output of obsolete termcap capabilities such as \fBbs\fR.
This option forces a more literal translation that also preserves the
+Write compiled entries to given directory. Overrides the TERMINFO environment
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 don't support
+versions of terminfo like those on SVr1, Ultrix, or HP/UX that do not support
the full set of SVR4/XSI Curses terminfo; and outright broken ports like AIX 3.x
that have their own extensions incompatible with SVr4/XSI. Available subsets
are "SVr1", "Ultrix", "HP", "BSD" and "AIX"; see \fBterminfo\fR(\*n) for details.
+Force entry resolution (so there are no remaining tc capabilities) even
+when doing translation to termcap format. This may be needed if you are
+preparing a termcap file for a termcap library (such as GNU termcap through
+version 1.3 or BSD termcap through 4.3BSD) that does not handle multiple
+tc capabilities per entry.
+Summarize the compile by showing the directory into which entries
+are written, and the number of entries which are compiled.
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).
+tells \fBtic\fP to discard commented-out capabilities.
+Normally when translating from terminfo to termcap,
+untranslatable capabilities are commented-out.
+tells \fBtic\fP to not post-process the data after parsing the source file.
+Normally, it infers data which is commonly missing in older terminfo data,
+or in termcaps.
reports the version of ncurses which was used in this program, and exits.
-Force entry resolution (so there are no remaining tc capabilities) even
-when doing translation to termcap format. This may be needed if you are
-preparing a termcap file for a termcap library (such as GNU termcap up
-to version 1.3 or BSD termcap up to 4.3BSD) that doesn't handle multiple
-tc capabilities per entry.
-Limit writes and translations to the following comma-separated list of
-If any name or alias of a terminal matches one of the names in
-the list, the entry will be written or translated as normal.
-Otherwise no output will be generated for it.
-The option value is interpreted as a file containing the list if it
-contains a '/'.
-(Note: depending on how tic was compiled, this option may require -I or -C.)
-Display complex terminfo strings which contain if/then/else/endif expressions
-indented for readability.
-Display constant character literals in quoted form
-rather than their decimal equivalents.
+specifies that (verbose) output be written to standard error trace
+information showing \fBtic\fR's progress.
+The optional parameter \fIn\fR is a number from 1 to 10, inclusive,
+indicating the desired level of detail of information.
+If \fIn\fR is omitted, the default level is 1.
+If \fIn\fR is specified and greater than 1, the level of
+detail is increased.
-Summarize the compile by showing the directory into which entries
-are written, and the number of entries which are compiled.
+specifies the width of the output.
+The parameter is optional.
+If it is omitted, it defaults to 60.
Treat unknown capabilities as user-defined.
That is, if you supply a capability name which \fBtic\fP does not recognize,
it will infer its type (boolean, number or string) from the syntax and
make an extended table entry for that.
+User-defined capability strings
+whose name begins with ``k'' are treated as function keys.
contains one or more \fBterminfo\fR terminal descriptions in source
@@ -214,11 +236,11 @@ List of tokens encountered by scanner
All values computed in construction of the hash table
-If n is not given, it is taken to be one.
+If the debug level \fIn\fR is not given, it is taken to be one.
All but one of the capabilities recognized by \fBtic\fR are documented
in \fBterminfo\fR(\*n). The exception is the \fBuse\fR capability.
When a \fBuse\fR=\fIentry\fR-\fIname\fR field is discovered in a
terminal entry currently being compiled, \fBtic\fR reads in the binary
from \fB\*d\fR to complete the entry. (Entries created from
@@ -227,16 +249,16 @@ from \fB\*d\fR to complete the entry. (Entries created from
\fB\*d\fR.) \fBtic\fR duplicates the capabilities in
\fIentry\fR-\fIname\fR for the current entry, with the exception of
those capabilities that explicitly are defined in the current entry.
When an entry, e.g., \fBentry_name_1\fR, contains a
\fBuse=\fR\fIentry\fR_\fIname\fR_\fI2\fR field, any canceled
capabilities in \fIentry\fR_\fIname\fR_\fI2\fR must also appear in
\fBentry_name_1\fR before \fBuse=\fR for these capabilities to be
canceled in \fBentry_name_1\fR.
If the environment variable \fBTERMINFO\fR is set, the compiled
results are placed there instead of \fB\*d\fR.
Total compiled entries cannot exceed 4096 bytes. The name field cannot
exceed 512 bytes. Terminal names exceeding the maximum alias length
(32 characters on systems with long filenames, 14 characters otherwise)
@@ -252,7 +274,7 @@ Unlike the stock SVr4 \fBtic\fR command, this implementation can actually
compile termcap sources. In fact, entries in terminfo and termcap syntax can
be mixed in a single source file. See \fBterminfo\fR(\*n) for the list of
termcap names taken to be equivalent to terminfo names.
The SVr4 manual pages are not clear on the resolution rules for \fBuse\fR
This implementation of \fBtic\fR will find \fBuse\fR targets anywhere
@@ -260,10 +282,10 @@ in the source file, or anywhere in the file tree rooted at \fBTERMINFO\fR (if
\fBTERMINFO\fR is defined), or in the user's \fI$HOME/.terminfo\fR directory
(if it exists), or (finally) anywhere in the system's file tree of
The error messages from this \fBtic\fR have the same format as GNU C
error messages, and can be parsed by GNU Emacs's compile facility.
@@ -278,12 +300,13 @@ The
are not supported under SVr4.
-The SVr4 -c mode does not report bad use links.
+The SVr4 \fB-c\fR mode does not report bad use links.
System V does not compile entries to or read entries from your
\fI$HOME/.terminfo\fR directory unless TERMINFO is explicitly set to it.
@@ -291,8 +314,15 @@ System V does not compile entries to or read entries from your
Compiled terminal description database.
.SH SEE ALSO
-\fB@INFOCMP@\fR(1M), \fB@CAPTOINFO@\fR(1M), \fB@INFOTOCAP@\fR(1M),
-\fB@TOE@\fR(1M), \fBcurses\fR(3X), \fBterminfo\fR(\*n).
+This describes \fBncurses\fR
+version @NCURSES_MAJOR@.@NCURSES_MINOR@ (patch @NCURSES_PATCH@).
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