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OpenDarwin 7.2.1 - man page for tput (opendarwin section 1)

tput(1) 			     General Commands Manual				  tput(1)

       tput, reset - initialize a terminal or query terminfo database

       tput [-Ttype] capname [parms ... ]
       tput [-Ttype] init
       tput [-Ttype] reset
       tput [-Ttype] longname
       tput -S	<<
       tput -V

       The tput utility uses the terminfo database to make the values of terminal-dependent capa-
       bilities and information available to the shell (see sh(1)), to initialize  or  reset  the
       terminal,  or  return the long name of the requested terminal type.  tput outputs a string
       if the attribute (capability name) is of type string, or an integer if the attribute is of
       type  integer.  If the attribute is of type boolean, tput simply sets the exit code (0 for
       TRUE if the terminal has the capability, 1 for FALSE if it does not), and produces no out-
       put.  Before using a value returned on standard output, the user should test the exit code
       [$?, see sh(1)] to be sure it is 0.  (See the EXIT CODES and DIAGNOSTICS sections.)  For a
       complete list of capabilities and the capname associated with each, see terminfo(5).

       -Ttype indicates  the  type of terminal.  Normally this option is unnecessary, because the
	      default is taken from the environment variable TERM.  If -T is specified, then  the
	      shell variables LINES and COLUMNS will be ignored,and the operating system will not
	      be queried for the actual screen size.

	      indicates the attribute from the terminfo database.  When termcap support  is  com-
	      piled in, the termcap name for the attribute is also accepted.

       parms  If  the  attribute  is  a string that takes parameters, the arguments parms will be
	      instantiated into the string.  An all  numeric  argument	will  be  passed  to  the
	      attribute as a number.

       -S     allows  more  than one capability per invocation of tput.  The capabilities must be
	      passed to tput from the standard input instead of from the command line (see  exam-
	      ple).   Only one capname is allowed per line.  The -S option changes the meaning of
	      the 0 and 1 boolean and string exit codes (see the EXIT CODES section).

       -V     reports the version of ncurses which was used in this program, and exits.

       init   If the terminfo database is present and an entry for  the  user's  terminal  exists
	      (see  -Ttype, above), the following will occur:(1) if present, the terminal's ini-
	      tialization strings will be output (is1, is2,  is3,  if,	iprog),  (2)  any  delays
	      (e.g.,  newline)	specified  in  the  entry will be set in the tty driver, (3) tabs
	      expansion will be turned on or off according to the specification in the entry, and(4)  if  tabs  are not expanded, standard tabs will be set (every 8 spaces).  If an
	      entry does not contain the information needed for any of the four above activities,
	      that activity will silently be skipped.

       reset  Instead of putting out initialization strings, the terminal's reset strings will be
	      output if present (rs1, rs2, rs3, rf).  If the reset strings are not  present,  but
	      initialization  strings are, the initialization strings will be output.  Otherwise,
	      reset acts identically to init.

	      If the terminfo database is present and an entry for  the  user's  terminal  exists
	      (see  -Ttype  above), then the long name of the terminal will be put out.  The long
	      name is the last name in the first line of the terminal's description in	the  ter-
	      minfo database [see term(5)].

       If  tput  is  invoked  by a link named reset, this has the same effect as tput reset.  See
       tset for comparison, which has similar behavior.

       tput init
	    Initialize the terminal according to the type of terminal in the environmental  vari-
	    able TERM.	This command should be included in everyone's .profile after the environ-
	    mental variable TERM has been exported, as illustrated on the profile(4) manual page.

       tput -T5620 reset
	    Reset an AT&T 5620 terminal, overriding the type of  terminal  in  the  environmental
	    variable TERM.

       tput cup 0 0
	    Send the sequence to move the cursor to row 0, column 0 (the upper left corner of the
	    screen, usually known as the "home" cursor position).

       tput clear
	    Echo the clear-screen sequence for the current terminal.

       tput cols
	    Print the number of columns for the current terminal.

       tput -T450 cols
	    Print the number of columns for the 450 terminal.

       bold=`tput smso` offbold=`tput rmso`
	    Set the shell variables bold, to begin stand-out mode sequence, and offbold,  to  end
	    standout  mode  sequence,  for  the  current  terminal.   This might be followed by a
	    prompt: echo "${bold}Please type in your name: ${offbold}\c"

       tput hc
	    Set exit code to indicate if the current terminal is a hard copy terminal.

       tput cup 23 4
	    Send the sequence to move the cursor to row 23, column 4.

       tput longname
	    Print the long name from the terminfo database for the type of terminal specified  in
	    the environmental variable TERM.

	    tput -S <<!
	    > clear
	    > cup 10 10
	    > bold
	    > !

	    This  example  shows  tput	processing  several capabilities in one invocation.  This
	    example clears the screen, moves the cursor to position 10,  10  and  turns  on  bold
	    (extra  bright) mode.  The list is terminated by an exclamation mark (!) on a line by

	      compiled terminal description database

	      curses(3X) header file

	      terminfo header file

	      tab settings for some terminals, in a format appropriate to be output to the termi-
	      nal  (escape  sequences  that  set margins and tabs); for more information, see the
	      "Tabs and Initialization" section of terminfo(4)

       clear(1), stty(1), tabs(5).  profile(5), terminfo(4) in the System Administrator's  Refer-
       ence Manual.  Chapter 10 of the Programmer's Guide.

       If  capname is of type boolean, a value of 0 is set for TRUE and 1 for FALSE unless the -S
       option is used.

       If capname is of type string, a value of 0 is set if the capname is defined for this  ter-
       minal  type  (the value of capname is returned on standard output); a value of 1 is set if
       capname is not defined for this terminal type (a null value is returned on  standard  out-

       If  capname  is	of  type  boolean  or  string  and the -S option is used, a value of 0 is
       returned to indicate that all lines were successful.  No indication of which  line  failed
       can  be given so exit code 1 will never appear.	Exit codes 2, 3, and 4 retain their usual

       If capname is of type integer, a value of 0 is always  set,  whether  or  not  capname  is
       defined	for  this  terminal  type.   To determine if capname is defined for this terminal
       type, the user must test the value of standard output.  A value of -1 means  that  capname
       is not defined for this terminal type.

       Any other exit code indicates an error; see the DIAGNOSTICS section.

       tput prints the following error messages and sets the corresponding exit codes.

       exit code   error message
       0	   (capname  is a numeric variable that is not specified in
		   the terminfo(5) database for this  terminal	type,  e.g.
		   tput -T450 lines and tput -T2621 xmc)
       1	   no error message is printed, see the EXIT CODES section.
       2	   usage error
       3	   unknown terminal type or no terminfo database
       4	   unknown terminfo capability capname

       The longname and -S options, and the parameter-substitution features used in the cup exam-
       ple, are not supported in BSD curses or in AT&T/USL curses before SVr4.


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