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WINDOW(1)										WINDOW(1)

       window - window environment

       window [ -t ] [ -f ] [ -d ] [ -e escape-char ] [ -c command ]

       Window implements a window environment on ASCII terminals.

       A window is a rectangular portion of the physical terminal screen associated with a set of
       processes.  Its size and position can be changed by the user at any time.  Processes  com-
       municate with their window in the same way they normally interact with a terminal--through
       their standard input, output, and diagnostic file descriptors.  The window program handles
       the details of redirecting input an output to and from the windows.  At any one time, only
       one window can receive input from the keyboard, but all windows	can  simultaneously  send
       output to the display.

       Windows	can overlap and are framed as necessary.  Each window is named by one of the dig-
       its ``1'' to ``9''.  This one character identifier, as well  as	a  user  definable  label
       string,	are displayed with the window on the top edge of its frame.  A window can be des-
       ignated to be in the foreground, in which case it will always be on  top  of  all  normal,
       non-foreground  windows,  and  can  be covered only by other foreground windows.  A window
       need not be completely within the edges of the terminal screen.	Thus a large window (pos-
       sibly larger than the screen) may be positioned to show only a portion of its full size.

       Each window has a cursor and a set of control functions.  Most intelligent terminal opera-
       tions such as line and character deletion and insertion are supported.  Display modes such
       as  underlining and reverse video are available if they are supported by the terminal.  In
       addition, similar to terminals with multiple pages of memory, each window has a text  buf-
       fer which can have more lines than the window itself.

       When  window starts up, the commands (see long commands below) contained in the file .win-
       dowrc in the user's home directory are executed.  If it does not exist,	two  equal  sized
       windows spanning the terminal screen are created by default.

       The command line options are

       -t     Turn on terse mode (see terse command below).

       -f     Fast.  Don't perform any startup action.

       -d     Ignore .windowrc and create the two default windows instead.

       -e escape-char
	      Set the escape character to escape-char.	Escape-char can be a single character, or
	      in the form ^X where X is any character, meaning control-X.

       -c command
	      Execute the string command as a long command  (see  below)  before  doing  anything

       With  each  newly  created window, a shell program is spawned with its process environment
       tailored to that window.  Its standard input, output, and diagnostic file descriptors  are
       bound to one end of either a pseudo-terminal (pty (4)) or a UNIX domain socket (socketpair
       (4)).  If a pseudo-terminal is used, then its special characters and modes (see stty  (1))
       are  copied  from  the  physical terminal.  A termcap (5) entry tailored to this window is
       created and passed as environment (environ (5)) variable TERMCAP.  The termcap entry  con-
       tains  the window's size and characteristics as well as information from the physical ter-
       minal, such as the existence of underline, reverse video, and other display modes, and the
       codes  produced	by  the  terminal's  function keys, if any.  In addition, the window size
       attributes of the pseudo-terminal are set to reflect the size of this window, and  updated
       whenever  it  is changed by the user.  In particular, the editor vi (1) uses this informa-
       tion to redraw its display.

       During normal execution, window can be in one of two states: conversation mode and command
       mode.   In  conversation mode, the terminal's real cursor is placed at the cursor position
       of a particular window--called the current window--and input from the keyboard is sent  to
       the  process  in  that  window.	The current window is always on top of all other windows,
       except those in foreground.  In addition, it is set apart by highlighting  its  identifier
       and label in reverse video.

       Typing  window's escape character (normally ^P) in conversation mode switches it into com-
       mand mode.  In command mode, the top line of  the  terminal  screen  becomes  the  command
       prompt  window,	and  window  interprets input from the keyboard as commands to manipulate

       There are two types of commands: short commands are usually one or two key  strokes;  long
       commands are strings either typed by the user in the command window (see the ``:'' command
       below), or read from a file (see source below).

       Below, # represents one of the digits ``1'' to ``9'' corresponding to the windows 1 to  9.
       ^X  means control-X, where X is any character.  In particular, ^^ is control-^.	Escape is
       the escape key, or ^[.

       #      Select window # as the current window and return to conversation mode.

       %#     Select window # but stay in command mode.

       ^^     Select the previous window and return to conversation mode.   This  is  useful  for
	      toggling between two windows.

       escape Return to conversation mode.

       ^P     Return  to  conversation mode and write ^P to the current window.  Thus, typing two
	      ^P's in conversation mode sends one to the current window.  If the window escape is
	      changed to some other character, that character takes the place of ^P here.

       ?      List a short summary of commands.

       ^L     Redraw the screen.

       q      Exit window.  Confirmation is requested.

       ^Z     Suspend window.

       w      Create  a new window.  The user is prompted for the positions of the upper left and
	      lower right corners of the window.  The cursor is placed on the screen and the keys
	      ``h'',  ``j'',  ``k'', and ``l'' move the cursor left, down, up, and right, respec-
	      tively.  The keys ``H'', ``J'', ``K'', and ``L'' move the cursor to the  respective
	      limits  of  the screen.  Typing a number before the movement keys repeats the move-
	      ment that number of times.  Return enters the cursor position  as  the  upper  left
	      corner  of the window.  The lower right corner is entered in the same manner.  Dur-
	      ing this process, the placement of the new window is indicated by a rectangular box
	      drawn  on the screen, corresponding to where the new window will be framed.  Typing
	      escape at any point cancels this command.

	      This window becomes the current window, and is given the first available	ID.   The
	      default buffer size is used (see nline command below).

	      Only fully visible windows can be created this way.

       c#     Close  window  #.   The  process	in the window is sent the hangup signal (see kill
	      (1)).  Csh (1) should handle this signal correctly and cause no problems.

       m#     Move window # to another location.  A box in the shape of the window  is	drawn  on
	      the  screen  to indicate the new position of the window, and the same keys as those
	      for the w command are used to position the box.  The window can be moved	partially

       M#     Move window # to its previous position.

       s#     Change  the  size  of  window #.	The user is prompted to enter the new lower right
	      corner of the window.  A box is drawn to indicate the new window	size.	The  same
	      keys used in w and m are used to enter the position.

       S#     Change window # to its previous size.

       ^Y     Scroll the current window up by one line.

       ^E     Scroll the current window down by one line.

       ^U     Scroll the current window up by half the window size.

       ^D     Scroll the current window down by half the window size.

       ^B     Scroll the current window up by the full window size.

       ^F     Scroll the current window down by the full window size.

       h      Move the cursor of the current window left by one column.

       j      Move the cursor of the current window down by one line.

       k      Move the cursor of the current window up by one line.

       l      Move the cursor of the current window right by one column.

       ^S     Stop output in the current window.

       ^Q     Start output in the current window.

       :      Enter  a	line  to  be  executed	as long commands.  Normal line editing characters
	      (erase character, erase word, erase line) are supported.

       Long commands are a sequence of statements parsed much like a programming language, with a
       syntax  similar to that of C.  Numeric and string expressions and variables are supported,
       as well as conditional statements.

       There are two data types: string and number.  A string is a sequence of letters or  digits
       beginning  with	a  letter.   ``_''  and  ``.'' are considered letters.	Alternately, non-
       alphanumeric characters can be included in strings by quoting them in  ``"''  or  escaping
       them  with  ``\''.   In	addition, the ``\'' sequences of C are supported, both inside and
       outside quotes (e.g., ``\n'' is a new line, ``\r'' a carriage return).  For example, these
       are legal strings: abcde01234, "&#$^*&#", ab"$#"cd, ab\$\#cd, "/usr/ucb/window".

       A number is an integer value in one of three forms: a decimal number, an octal number pre-
       ceded by ``0'', or a hexadecimal number preceded by ``0x'' or ``0X''.  The natural machine
       integer	size  is used (i.e., the signed integer type of the C compiler).  As in C, a non-
       zero number represents a boolean true.

       The character ``#'' begins a comment which terminates at the end of the line.

       A statement is either a conditional or an expression.  Expression  statements  are  termi-
       nated with a new line or ``;''.	To continue an expression on the next line, terminate the
       first line with ``\''.

       Window has a single control structure: the fully bracketed if statement in the form
	    if <expr> then
		 . . .
	    elsif <expr> then
		 . . .
		 . . .
       The else and elsif parts are optional, and the latter can be repeated any number of times.
       <Expr> must be numeric.

       Expressions  in	window are similar to those in the C language, with most C operators sup-
       ported on numeric operands.  In addition, some are overloaded to operate on strings.

       When an expression is used as a	statement,  its  value	is  discarded  after  evaluation.
       Therefore,  only expressions with side effects (assignments and function calls) are useful
       as statements.

       Single valued (no arrays) variables are supported, of  both  numeric  and  string  values.
       Some variables are predefined.  They are listed below.

       The operators in order of increasing precedence:

       <expr1> = <expr2>
	      Assignment.  The variable of name <expr1>, which must be string valued, is assigned
	      the result of <expr2>.  Returns the value of <expr2>.

       <expr1> ? <expr2> : <expr3>
	      Returns the value of <expr2> if <expr1> evaluates true  (non-zero  numeric  value);
	      returns  the value of <expr3> otherwise.	Only one of <expr2> and <expr3> is evalu-
	      ated.  <Expr1> must be numeric.

       <expr1> || <expr2>
	      Logical or.  Numeric values only.  Short circuit evaluation is supported (i.e.,  if
	      <expr1> evaluates true, then <expr2> is not evaluated).

       <expr1> && <expr2>
	      Logical and with short circuit evaluation.  Numeric values only.

       <expr1> | <expr2>
	      Bitwise or.  Numeric values only.

       <expr1> ^ <expr2>
	      Bitwise exclusive or.  Numeric values only.

       <expr1> & <expr2>
	      Bitwise and.  Numeric values only.

       <expr1> == <expr2>, <expr1> != <expr2>
	      Comparison (equal and not equal, respectively).  The boolean result (either 1 or 0)
	      of the comparison is returned.  The operands can be numeric or string valued.   One
	      string operand forces the other to be converted to a string in necessary.

       <expr1> < <expr2>, <expr1> > <expr2>, <expr1> <= <expr2>, <expr1> >= <expr2>
	      Less  than,  greater  than,  less than or equal to, greater than or equal to.  Both
	      numeric and string values, with automatic conversion as above.

       <expr1> << <expr2>, <expr1> >> <expr2>
	      If both operands are numbers, <expr1> is bit shifted left  (or  right)  by  <expr2>
	      bits.   If  <expr1>  is  a  string, then its first (or last) <expr2> characters are
	      returns (if <expr2> is also a string, then its length  is  used  in  place  of  its

       <expr1> + <expr2>, <expr1> - <expr2>
	      Addition	and subtraction on numbers.  For ``+'', if one argument is a string, then
	      the other is converted to a string, and the result is the concatenation of the  two

       <expr1> * <expr2>, <expr1> / <expr2>, <expr1> % <expr2>
	      Multiplication, division, modulo.  Numbers only.

       -<expr>, ~<expr>, !<expr>, $<expr>, $?<expr>
	      The  first three are unary minus, bitwise complement and logical complement on num-
	      bers only.  The operator, ``$'', takes <expr> and returns the value of the variable
	      of  that	name.	If  <expr> is numeric with value n and it appears within an alias
	      macro (see below), then it refers to the nth  argument  of  the  alias  invocation.
	      ``$?''   tests for the existence of the variable <expr>, and returns 1 if it exists
	      or 0 otherwise.

	      Function call.  <Expr> must be a string that is the unique prefix of the name of	a
	      builtin  window  function  or  the full name of a user defined alias macro.  In the
	      case of a builtin function, <arglist> can be in one of two forms:
		   <expr1>, <expr2>, . . .
		   argname1 = <expr1>, argname2 = <expr2>, . . .
	      The two forms can in fact be intermixed, but the	result	is  unpredictable.   Most
	      arguments  can  be omitted; default values will be supplied for them.  The argnames
	      can be unique prefixes of the the argument names.  The commas separating	arguments
	      are used only to disambiguate, and can usually be omitted.

	      Only  the  first	argument  form	is  valid  for user defined aliases.  Aliases are
	      defined using the alias builtin function (see below).  Arguments are accessed via a
	      variant of the variable mechanism (see ``$'' operator above).

	      Most  functions return value, but some are used for side effect only and so must be
	      used as statements.  When a function or an alias is used as a statement, the paren-
	      thesis surrounding the argument list may be omitted.  Aliases return no value.

       The arguments are listed by name in their natural order.  Optional arguments are in square
       brackets (``[ ]'').  Arguments that have no names are in angle brackets (``<>'').

       alias([<string>], [<string-list>])
	      If no argument is given, all currently defined alias macros are listed.  Otherwise,
	      <string>	is defined as an alias, with expansion <string-list>.  The previous defi-
	      nition of <string>, if any, is returned.	Default for <string-list> is no change.

	      Close the windows specified in <window-list>.  If <window-list> is  the  word  all,
	      than all windows are closed.  No value is returned.

	      Set  the	window cursor to modes.  Modes is the bitwise or of the mode bits defined
	      as the variables m_ul (underline), m_rev (reverse  video),  m_blk  (blinking),  and
	      m_grp (graphics, terminal dependent).  Return value is the previous modes.  Default
	      is no change.  For example, cursor($m_rev|$m_blk) sets the window cursors to blink-
	      ing reverse video.

       echo([window], [<string-list>])
	      Write the list of strings, <string-list>, to window, separated by spaces and termi-
	      nated with a new line.  The strings are only displayed in the window, the processes
	      in  the  window are not involved (see write below).  No value is returned.  Default
	      is the current window.

	      Set the escape character to escape-char.	Returns the old escape character as a one
	      character string.  Default is no change.	Escapec can be a string of a single char-
	      acter, or in the form ^X, meaning control-X.

       foreground([window], [flag])
	      Move window in or out of foreground.  Flag can be one of on, off, yes, no, true, or
	      false,  with  obvious  meanings, or it can be a numeric expression, in which case a
	      non-zero value is true.  Returns the old foreground flag as a number.  Default  for
	      window is the current window, default for flag is no change.

       label([window], [label])
	      Set  the label of window to label.  Returns the old label as a string.  Default for
	      window is the current window, default for label is no change.  To turn off a label,
	      set it to an empty string ("").

       list() No  arguments.   List  the  identifiers  and  labels  of	all windows.  No value is

	      Set the default buffer size to nline.  Initially, it is 48 lines.  Returns the  old
	      default buffer size.  Default is no change.  Using a very large buffer can slow the
	      program down considerably.

	      Make window the current window.  The previous current window is returned.   Default
	      is no change.

	      Set the default window shell program to <string-list>.  Returns the first string in
	      the old shell setting.  Default is no change.   Initially,  the  default	shell  is
	      taken from the environment variable SHELL.

	      Read  and  execute the long commands in filename.  Returns -1 if the file cannot be
	      read, 0 otherwise.

	      Set terse mode to flag.  In terse mode, the command window  stays  hidden  even  in
	      command  mode,  and  errors are reported by sounding the terminal's bell.  Flag can
	      take on the same values as in  foreground  above.   Returns  the	old  terse  flag.
	      Default is no change.

	      Undefine alias.  Returns -1 if alias does not exist, 0 otherwise.

	      Undefine variable.  Returns -1 if variable does not exist, 0 otherwise.

	      No arguments.  List all variables.  No value is returned.

       window([row], [column], [nrow], [ncol], [nline], [frame],
	      [pty], [mapnl], [shell])
	      Open  a window with upper left corner at row, column and size nrow, ncol.  If nline
	      is specified, then that many lines are allocated for the text  buffer.   Otherwise,
	      the  default  buffer  size is used.  Default values for row, column, nrow, and ncol
	      are, respectively, the upper, left-most,	lower,	or  right-most	extremes  of  the
	      screen.	Frame,	pty, and mapnl are flag values interpreted in the same way as the
	      argument to foreground (see above); they mean, respectively,  put  a  frame  around
	      this  window  (default  true), allocate pseudo-terminal for this window rather than
	      socketpair (default true), and map new line characters in this window  to  carriage
	      return  and line feed (default true if socketpair is used, false otherwise).  Shell
	      is a list of strings that will be used as the shell program to place in the  window
	      (default is the program specified by shell, see below).  The created window's iden-
	      tifier is returned as a number.

       write([window], [<string-list>])
	      Send the list of strings, <string-list>, to window, separated  by  spaces  but  not
	      terminated with a new line.  The strings are actually given to the window as input.
	      No value is returned.  Default is the current window.

       These variables are for information only.  Redefining them does not  affect  the  internal
       operation of window.

       baud   The baud rate as a number between 50 and 38400.

       modes  The  display  modes (reverse video, underline, blinking, graphics) supported by the
	      physical terminal.  The value of modes is the bitwise or of some	of  the  one  bit
	      values, m_blk, m_grp, m_rev, and m_ul (see below).  These values are useful in set-
	      ting the window cursors' modes (see cursormodes above).

       m_blk  The blinking mode bit.

       m_grp  The graphics mode bit (not very useful).

       m_rev  The reverse video mode bit.

       m_ul   The underline mode bit.

       ncol   The number of columns on the physical screen.

       nrow   The number of rows on the physical screen.

       term   The terminal type.  The standard name, found in the second name field of the termi-
	      nal's TERMCAP entry, is used.

       ~/.windowrc    startup command file.
       /dev/[pt]ty[pq]?pseudo-terminal devices.

       Should be self explanatory.

4.3 Berkeley Distribution		   May 12, 1986 				WINDOW(1)
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