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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for setterm (redhat section 1)

SETTERM(1)			    Linux Programmer's Manual			       SETTERM(1)

NAME
       setterm - set terminal attributes

SYNOPSIS
       setterm [options]

DESCRIPTION
       setterm writes to standard output a character string that will invoke the specified termi-
       nal capabilities.  Where possible terminfo is consulted to find the string to  use.   Some
       options	however (marked "virtual consoles only" below) do not correspond to a terminfo(5)
       capability.  In this case, if the terminal type	is  "con"  or  "linux"	the  string  that
       invokes	the  specified	capabilities  on  the  PC Minix virtual console driver is output.
       Options that are not implemented by the terminal are ignored.

OPTIONS
       For boolean options (on or off), the default is on.

       For conciseness, an 8-color below is black, red, green, yellow, blue,  magenta,	cyan,  or
       white.

       A  16-color  is an 8-color, grey, or bright followed by red, green, yellow, blue, magenta,
       cyan, or white.

       The various color options may be set independently, at least at virtual	consoles,  though
       the results of setting multiple modes (for example, -underline and -half-bright) are hard-
       ware-dependent.

       -term terminal_name
	      Overrides the TERM environment variable.

       -reset Displays the terminal reset string, which typically  resets  the	terminal  to  its
	      power on state.

       -initialize
	      Displays	the  terminal  initialization string, which typically sets the terminal's
	      rendering options, and other attributes to the default values.

       -cursor [on|off]
	      Turns the terminal's cursor on or off.

       -repeat [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
	      Turns keyboard repeat on or off.

       -appcursorkeys [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets Cursor Key Application Mode on or off. When on, ESC O A, ESC O B,  etc.   will
	      be sent for the cursor keys instead of ESC [ A, ESC [ B, etc.  See the "vi and Cur-
	      sor-Keys" section of the Text-Terminal-HOWTO for how this can cause problems for vi
	      users.

       -linewrap [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
	      Turns automatic line-wrapping on or off.

       -default
	      Sets the terminal's rendering options to the default values.

       -foreground 8-color|default (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets the foreground text color.

       -background 8-color|default (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets the background text color.

       -ulcolor 16-color (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets the color for underlined characters.

       -hbcolor 16-color (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets the color for half-bright characters.

       -inversescreen [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
	      Inverts the screen colors.  Foreground and background are swapped, as are underline
	      and half-brightness.

       -bold [on|off]
	      Turns bold (extra bright) mode on or off.  Except at a virtual console,  -bold  off
	      turns off all attributes (bold, half-brightness, blink, reverse).

       -half-bright [on|off]
	      Turns dim (half-brightness) mode on or off (see -hbcolor). Except at a virtual con-
	      sole, -half-bright off turns off	all  attributes  (bold,  half-brightness,  blink,
	      reverse).

       -blink [on|off]
	      Turns  blink mode on or off.  Except at a virtual console, -blink off turns off all
	      attributes (bold, half-brightness, blink, reverse).

       -reverse [on|off]
	      Turns reverse video mode on or off.  Except at  a  virtual  console,  -reverse  off
	      turns off all attributes (bold, half-brightness, blink, reverse).

       -underline [on|off]
	      Turns underline mode on or off (see -ulcolor).

       -store (virtual consoles only)
	      Stores the terminal's current rendering options as the default values.

       -clear [all]
	      Clears the screen and "homes" the cursor, as clear(1).

       -clear rest
	      Clears from the current cursor position to the end of the screen.

       -tabs [tab1 tab2 tab3 ...] (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets tab stops at the given horizontal cursor positions, in the range 1-160.  With-
	      out arguments, shows the current tab stop settings.

       -clrtabs [tab1 tab2 tab3 ...] (virtual consoles only)
	      Clears tab stops from the given horizontal cursor positions, in  the  range  1-160.
	      Without arguments, clears all tab stops.

       -regtabs [1-160] (virtual consoles only)
	      Clears  all  tab	stops,	then  sets a regular tab stop pattern, with one tab every
	      specified number of positions.  Without an argument, defaults to 8.

       -blank [0-60] (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets the interval of inactivity, in minutes, after which the screen will	be  auto-
	      matically  blanked  (using  APM  if available).  Without an argument, defaults to 0
	      (disable console blanking).

       -dump [1-NR_CONS]
	      Writes a snapshot of the given virtual console (with attributes) to the file speci-
	      fied  in	the  -file  option, overwriting its contents; the default is screen.dump.
	      Without an argument, dumps the current virtual console.  Overrides -append.

       -append [1-NR_CONS]
	      Like -dump, but appends to the snapshot file instead of overwriting it.  Only works
	      if no -dump options are given.

       -file dumpfilename
	      Sets  the  snapshot  file name for any -dump or -append options on the same command
	      line.  If this option is not present, the default is  screen.dump  in  the  current
	      directory.

       -msg [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
	      Enables or disables the sending of kernel printk() messages to the console.

       -msglevel 1-8 (virtual consoles only)
	      Sets the console logging level for kernel printk() messages.  All messages strictly
	      more important than this will be printed, so a logging level  of	0  has	the  same
	      effect  as  -msg	on  and  a  logging  level  of	8 will print all kernel messages.
	      klogd(8) may be a more convenient interface to the logging of kernel messages.

       -powersave on|vsync
	      Puts the monitor into VESA vsync suspend mode.

       -powersave hsync
	      Puts the monitor into VESA hsync suspend mode.

       -powersave powerdown
	      Puts the monitor into VESA powerdown mode.

       -powersave [off]
	      Turns off monitor VESA powersaving features.

       -powerdown [0-60]
	      Sets the VESA powerdown interval in minutes.  Without an argument,  defaults  to	0
	      (disable	powerdown).  If the console is blanked or the monitor is in suspend mode,
	      then the monitor will go into vsync suspend mode	or  powerdown  mode  respectively
	      after this period of time has elapsed.

       -blength [0-2000]
	      Sets the bell duration in milliseconds.  Without an argument, defaults to 0.

       -bfreq [freqnumber]
	      Sets the bell frequency in Hz.  Without an argument, defaults to 0.

SEE ALSO
       tput(1), stty(1), terminfo(5), tty(4)

BUGS
       Differences between the Minix and Linux versions are not documented.

Util-Linux 2.10 			  7 January 2000			       SETTERM(1)


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