CURSES_PAD(3) BSD Library Functions Manual CURSES_PAD(3)
curses_pad, newpad, subpad, prefresh, pnoutrefresh -- curses pad routines
Curses Library (libcurses, -lcurses)
newpad(int lines, int cols);
subpad(WINDOW *pad, int lines, int cols, int begin_y, int begin_x);
prefresh(WINDOW *pad, int pbeg_y, int pbeg_x, int sbeg_y, int sbeg_x, int smax_y,
pnoutrefresh(WINDOW *pad, int pbeg_y, int pbeg_x, int sbeg_y, int sbeg_x, int smax_y,
These functions create and display pads on the current screen.
The newpad() function creates a new pad of size lines, cols.
subpad() is similar to newpad() excepting that the size of the subpad is bounded by the par-
ent pad pad. The subpad shares internal data structures with the parent pad and will be
refreshed when the parent pad is refreshed. The starting column and row begin_y, begin_x
are relative to the parent pad origin.
The pnoutrefresh() function performs the internal processing required by curses to determine
what changes need to be made to synchronise the internal screen buffer and the terminal but
does not modify the terminal display. A rectangular area of the pad starting at column and
row pbeg_y, pbeg_x is copied to the corresponding rectangular area of the screen buffer
starting at column and row sbeg_y, sbeg_x and extending to smax_y, smax_x.
The prefresh() function causes curses to propagate changes made to the pad specified by pad
to the terminal display. A rectangular area of the pad starting at column and row pbeg_y,
pbeg_x is copied to the corresponding rectangular area of the terminal starting at column
and row sbeg_y, sbeg_x and extending to smax_y, smax_x.
The pnoutrefresh() and doupdate() functions can be used together to speed up terminal
redraws by deferring the actual terminal updates until after a batch of updates to multiple
pads has been done.
Functions returning pointers will return NULL if an error is detected. The functions that
return an int will return one of the following values:
OK The function completed successfully.
ERR An error occurred in the function.
The subpad() function is similar to the derwin(3) function, and not the subwin(3) function.
The NetBSD Curses library complies with the X/Open Curses specification, part of the Single
The Curses package appeared in 4.0BSD.
BSD December 4, 2002 BSD