By John Strang, Tim O'Reilly, Linda Mui
Whereas termcap and terminfo aren't any longer as very important as they as soon as have been, a result of development of the X terminal industry and elevated standardization between ASCII terminals, dealing with various terminal kinds can nonetheless be a headache for process directors. The termcap and terminfo databases are UNIX's approach to the trouble of helping many terminals with no writing unique drivers for every terminal. Termcap (BSD) and terminfo (System V) describe the positive aspects of countless numbers of terminals, including a library of exercises that permit courses to exploit these capabilities.This publication files thousands of functions and syntax for termcap and terminfo, writing and debugging terminal descriptions, and terminal initialization. Contents include:
* Terminal independence: the necessity for termcap and terminfo.
* studying termcap and terminfo entries.
* strength syntax.
* Initializing the terminal environment.
* Writing termcap and terminfo entries.
* changing among termcap and terminfo.
* exact descriptions of the capabilities.
* monitor dimensions and cursor movement.
* Initialization and reset.
* precise and identical terminals.
* many beneficial appendices.