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term_variables 3x

term_variables(3x)                                          term_variables(3x)




NAME

       SP, acs_map, boolcodes, boolfnames, boolnames, cur_term, numcodes,
       numfnames, numnames, strcodes, strfnames, strnames, ttytype - curses
       terminfo global variables


SYNOPSIS

       #include <curses.h>
       #include <term.h>

       chtype acs_map[];

       SCREEN * SP;

       TERMINAL * cur_term;

       char ttytype[];

       NCURSES_CONST char * const * boolcodes;
       NCURSES_CONST char * const * boolfnames;
       NCURSES_CONST char * const * boolnames;

       NCURSES_CONST char * const * numcodes;
       NCURSES_CONST char * const * numfnames;
       NCURSES_CONST char * const * numnames;

       NCURSES_CONST char * const * strcodes;
       NCURSES_CONST char * const * strfnames;
       NCURSES_CONST char * const * strnames;


DESCRIPTION

       This  page  summarizes  variables provided by the curses library's low-
       level terminfo interface.  A more complete description is given in  the
       curs_terminfo(3x) manual page.

       Depending  on  the  configuration,  these  may  be actual variables, or
       macros (see curs_threads(3x)) which provide read-only access  to  curs-
       es's state.  In either case, applications should treat them as read-on-
       ly to avoid confusing the library.


Alternate Character Set Mapping

       After initializing the curses or terminfo interfaces, the acs_map array
       holds  information  used to translate cells with the A_ALTCHARSET video
       attribute into line-drawing characters.

       The encoding of the information in this array has changed periodically.
       Application  developers  need  only know that it is used for the "ACS_"
       constants in <curses.h>.

       The comparable data for the wide-character library is a  private  vari-
       able.


Current Terminal Data

       After initializing the curses or terminfo interfaces, the cur_term con-
       tains data describing the current terminal.  This variable is also  set
       as a side-effect of set_term(3x) and delscreen(3x).

       It  is possible to save a value of cur_term for subsequent use as a pa-
       rameter to set_term, for switching between screens.  Alternatively, one
       can  save  the  return  value from newterm or setupterm(3x) to reuse in
       set_term.


Terminfo Names

       The tic(1) and infocmp(1) programs use lookup tables for the  long  and
       short  names  of  terminfo  capabilities,  as well as the corresponding
       names for termcap capabilities.  These are available to other  applica-
       tions,  although the hash-tables used by the terminfo and termcap func-
       tions are not available.

       The long terminfo capability names use a  "l"  (ell)  in  their  names:
       boolfnames, numfnames, and strfnames.

       These  are  the  short names for terminfo capabilities: boolnames, num-
       names, and strnames.

       These are the corresponding names used for termcap descriptions:  bool-
       codes, numcodes, and strcodes.


Terminal Type

       A terminal description begins with one or more terminal names separated
       by "|" (vertical bars).  On initialization of the  curses  or  terminfo
       interfaces,  setupterm(3x)  copies the terminal names to the array tty-
       type.


Terminfo Names

       In addition to the variables, <term.h> also defines a symbol  for  each
       terminfo  capability  long name.  These are in terms of the symbol CUR,
       which is defined

       #define CUR ((TERMTYPE *)(cur_term))->

       These symbols provide a faster method of accessing  terminfo  capabili-
       ties than using tigetstr(3x), etc.

       The  actual definition of CUR depends upon the implementation, but each
       terminfo library provides these long names defined to  point  into  the
       current terminal description loaded into memory.


NOTES

       The  low-level  terminfo  interface is initialized using setupterm(3x).
       The upper-level curses interface uses the low-level terminfo interface,
       internally.


PORTABILITY

       X/Open Curses does not describe any of these except for cur_term.  (The
       inclusion of cur_term appears to be an oversight, since other  compara-
       ble low-level information is omitted by X/Open).

       Other  implementations may have comparable variables.  Some implementa-
       tions provide the variables in their libraries, but omit them from  the
       header files.

       All  implementations  which provide terminfo interfaces add definitions
       as described in the Terminfo Names section.  Most, but  not  all,  base
       the definition upon the cur_term variable.


SEE ALSO

       curses(3x), curs_terminfo(3x), curs_threads(3x), terminfo(5).



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