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     infocmp - compare or print out terminfo descriptions

     /usr/bin/infocmp [-d] [-c] [-n] [-I] [-L] [-C] [-r] [-u] [-s
     |  d | i | l | c]  [-v] [-V] [-1] [-w width] [-A  directory]
     [-B directory] [termname...]

     infocmp compares a binary terminfo entry with other terminfo
     entries,  rewrites  a terminfo description to take advantage
     of the  use=  terminfo  field,  or  prints  out  a  terminfo
     description  from  the  binary file ( term ) in a variety of
     formats. It displays  boolean  fields  first,  then  numeric
     fields,  followed  by  the  string fields. If no options are
     specified and zero, or one termname  is  specified,  the  -I
     option  is  assumed. If more than one termname is specified,
     the -d option is assumed.

     The -d , -c , and -n options can be  used  for  comparisons.
     infocmp  compares the terminfo description of the first ter-
     minal termname with each of the descriptions  given  by  the
     entries  for  the other terminal's termname. 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

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

     -c       Produce 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.

     -n       Produce a list of each capability that is  in  nei-
              ther  entry.  If no termname is given, the environ-
              ment 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.

     The -I , -L , and -C options will produce a  source  listing
     for each terminal named.

     -I       Use the terminfo names.

     -L       Use the long C variable name listed in < term.h >.

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

     -r       When using -C , put out all capabilities in termcap

     If no termname is given, the environment variable TERM  will
     be used for the terminal name.

     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 optional.

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

     Note that because padding is collected to the  beginning  of
     the  capability,  not all capabilities are displayed. Manda-
     tory padding is not supported. Because termcap  strings  are
     not as flexible, it is not always possible to convert a ter-
     minfo 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   %i   ANSI standard, vt100
     %p1%?%'x'%>%t%p1%'y'%+%; %>xy concept
     %p2 is printed before %p1     %r   hp

     -u       Produce 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  ter-
              minfo entries into a terminal's description. Or, if
              two similar terminals exist, but were coded at dif-
              ferent times, or by different people so  that  each
              description  is  a  full description, using infocmp
              will show what can be done to change  one  descrip-
              tion to be relative to the other.

     A capability is displayed 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 is displayed 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 that capability.

     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  con-
     tain  differing  entries for the same capabilities will pro-
     duce different results, depending on the order in which  the
     entries  are  given. infocmp will flag any such inconsisten-
     cies between the other termname entries as they are found.

     Alternatively, specifying a capability after  a  use=  entry
     that  contains, it 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 description.
     Another error that does not cause incorrect compiled  files,
     but  will  slow  down  the  compilation  time, is specifying
     superfluous  use= fields. infocmp will flag any  superfluous
     use= fields.

     -s              Sorts the fields within each type  according
                     to the argument below:

                     d        Leave fields in the order that they
                              are  stored  in  the terminfo data-

                     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
                     are  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.

     -v              Print out tracing  information  on  standard
                     error as the program runs.

     -V              Print out the version of the program in  use
                     on standard error and exit.

     -1              Print the fields one to a  line.  Otherwise,
                     the  fields are printed several to a line to
                     a maximum width of 60 characters.

     -wwidth         Changes the output to width characters.

     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,       usually       in
     /usr/share/lib/terminfo, is used.  The options -A and -B may
     be used to override this location.

     -A directory    Set TERMINFO for the first termname.

     -B directory    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.

     /usr/share/lib/terminfo/?/*     Compiled  terminal  descrip-
                                     tion database.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |

     captoinfo(1M), tic(1M), curses(3CURSES), terminfo(4), attri-

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