TPUT(1) BSD General Commands Manual TPUT(1)
tput, clear -- terminal capability interface
tput [-T term] attribute [attribute-args] ...
tput makes terminal-dependent information available to users or shell applications. The
options are as follows:
-T The terminal name as specified in the terminfo(5) database, for example, ``vt100''
or ``xterm''. If not specified, tput retrieves the ``TERM'' variable from the envi-
tput outputs a string if the attribute is of type string; a number if it is of type integer.
Otherwise, tput exits 0 if the terminal has the capability and 1 if it does not, without
If the attribute is of type string, and takes arguments (e.g. cursor movement, the terminfo
``cup'' sequence) the arguments are taken from the command line immediately following the
The following special attributes are available:
clear Clear the screen (the terminfo(5) ``cl'' sequence).
init Initialize the terminal (the terminfo(5) ``is2'' sequence).
longname Print the descriptive name of the user's terminal type.
reset Reset the terminal (the terminfo(5) ``rs1, rs2, rs3'' and ``rf'' sequence).
The exit status of tput is based on the last attribute specified. If the attribute is of
type string or of type integer, tput exits 0 if the attribute is defined for this terminal
type and 1 if it is not. If the attribute is of type boolean, tput exits 0 if the terminal
has this attribute, and 1 if it does not. tput exits 2 if any error occurred.
tput cl cm 5 10 clear the screen and goto line 5 column 10
tput cm 6 11 DC 6 goto line 6 column 11 and delete 6 characters
The tput command appears in 4.4BSD.
tput can't really distinguish between different types of attributes.
Not all terminfo entries contain the reset sequence, so using the init sequence may be more
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