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curs_termcap(3X)					      curs_termcap(3X)

NAME
       tgetent,	 tgetflag,  tgetnum, tgetstr, tgoto, tputs - direct curses in-
       terface to the terminfo capability database

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<curses.h>
       #include	<term.h>
       int tgetent(const char *bp, char	*name);
       int tgetflag(const char *id);
       int tgetnum(const char *id);
       char *tgetstr(const char	*id, char **area);
       char *tgoto(const char *cap, int	col, int row);
       int tputs(const char *str, int affcnt, int (*putc)(int));

DESCRIPTION
       These routines are included as a	conversion aid for programs  that  use
       the  termcap  library.	Their parameters are the same and the routines
       are emulated using the terminfo database.  Thus,	they can only be  used
       to  query  the  capabilities  of	entries	for which a terminfo entry has
       been compiled.

       The tgetent routine loads the entry for name.  It returns 1 on success,
       0  if there is no such entry, and -1 if the terminfo database could not
       be found.  The emulation	ignores	the buffer pointer bp.

       The tgetflag routine gets the boolean entry for id, or zero  if	it  is
       not available.

       The  tgetnum  routine gets the numeric entry for	id, or -1 if it	is not
       available.

       The tgetstr routine returns the string entry for	id, or zero if	it  is
       not  available.	 Use  tputs to output the returned string.  The	return
       value will also be copied to the	buffer pointed to  by  area,  and  the
       area value will be updated to point past	the null ending	this value.

       The  tgoto  routine instantiates	the parameters into the	given capabil-
       ity.  The output	from this routine is to	be passed to tputs.

       The tputs routine is described on the  curs_terminfo(3X)	 manual	 page.
       It can retrieve capabilities by either termcap or terminfo name.

RETURN VALUE
       Except  where  explicitly noted,	routines that return an	integer	return
       ERR upon	failure	and OK (SVr4 only specifies "an	 integer  value	 other
       than ERR") upon successful completion.

       Routines	that return pointers return NULL on error.

BUGS
       If  you	call tgetstr to	fetch ca or any	other parameterized string, be
       aware that it will be returned in terminfo notation, not	the older  and
       not-quite-compatible  termcap  notation.	  This won't cause problems if
       all you do with it is call tgoto	or tparm, which	both expand  terminfo-
       style.

       Because	terminfo  conventions for representing padding in string capa-
       bilities	differ from termcap's, tputs("50"); will  put  out  a  literal
       "50" rather than	busy-waiting for 50 milliseconds.  Cope	with it.

PORTABILITY
       The  XSI	 Curses	standard, Issue	4 describes these functions.  However,
       they are	marked TO BE WITHDRAWN and may be removed in future versions.

       Neither the XSI Curses standard nor the SVr4 man	pages  documented  the
       return  values  of tgetent correctly, though all	three were in fact re-
       turned ever since SVr1.

SEE ALSO
       curses(3X), terminfo(5),	putc(3S).

							      curs_termcap(3X)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | RETURN VALUE | BUGS | PORTABILITY | SEE ALSO

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