captoinfo – convert a termcap description into a terminfo description
captoinfo [-vn width] [-V] [-1] [-w width] file . . .
captoinfo looks in each given text file for termcap descriptions. For
each one found, an equivalent terminfo description is written to stan‐
dard output. Termcap tc capabilities are translated directly to ter‐
minfo use capabilities.
If no file is given, then the environment variable TERMCAP is used for
the filename or entry. If TERMCAP is a full pathname to a file, only
the terminal whose name is specified in the environment variable TERM
is extracted from that file. If the environment variable TERMCAP is
not set, then the file /etc/terminfo is read.
-v print out tracing information on standard error as the program
-V print out the version of the program in use on standard error and
-1 cause the fields to print out one to a line. Otherwise, the
fields will be printed several to a line to a maximum width of 60
-w change the output to width characters.
/etc/terminfo Compiled terminal description database.
TRANSLATIONS FROM NONSTANDARD CAPABILITIES
Some obsolete nonstandard capabilities will automatically be translated
into standard (SVr4/XSI Curses) terminfo capabilities by captoinfo.
Whenever one of these automatic translations is done, the program will
issue an notification to stderr, inviting the user to check that it has
not mistakenly translated a completely unknown and random capability
and/or syntax error.
Nonstd Std From Terminfo
name name capability
BO mr AT&T enter_reverse_mode
CI vi AT&T cursor_invisible
CV ve AT&T cursor_normal
DS mh AT&T enter_dim_mode
EE me AT&T exit_attribute_mode
FE LF AT&T label_on
FL LO AT&T label_off
XS mk AT&T enter_secure_mode
EN @7 XENIX key_end
GE ae XENIX exit_alt_charset_mode
GS as XENIX enter_alt_charset_mode
HM kh XENIX key_home
LD kL XENIX key_dl
PD kN XENIX key_npage
PN po XENIX prtr_off
PS pf XENIX prtr_on
PU kP XENIX key_ppage
RT @8 XENIX kent
UP ku XENIX kcuu1
KA k; Tek key_f10
KB F1 Tek key_f11
KC F2 Tek key_f12
KD F3 Tek key_f13
KE F4 Tek key_f14
KF F5 Tek key_f15
BC Sb Tek set_background
FC Sf Tek set_foreground
HS mh Iris enter_dim_mode
XENIX termcap also used to have a set of extension capabilities for
forms drawing, designed to take advantage of the IBM PC high-half
graphics. They were as follows:
G2 upper left
G3 lower left
G1 upper right
G4 lower right
GR pointing right
GL pointing left
GU pointing up
GD pointing down
GH horizontal line
GV vertical line
G6 upper left
G7 lower left
G5 upper right
G8 lower right
Gr tee pointing right
Gr tee pointing left
Gu tee pointing up
Gd tee pointing down
Gh horizontal line
Gv vertical line
GG acs magic cookie count
If the single-line capabilities occur in an entry, they will automati‐
cally be composed into an acsc string. The double-line capabilities
and GG are discarded with a warning message.
IBM’s AIX has a terminfo facility descended from SVr1 terminfo but
incompatible with the SVr4 format. The following AIX extensions are
Additionally, the AIX box1 capability will be automatically translated
to an acsc string.
Hewlett-Packard’s terminfo library supports two nonstandard terminfo
capabilities meml (memory lock) and memu (memory unlock). These will
be discarded with a warning message.
This utility is actually a link to tic, running in -I mode. You can
use other tic options such as -f and -x.
The trace option is not identical to SVr4’s. Under SVr4, instead of
following the -v with a trace level n, you repeat it n times.
infocmp, ncurses(3NCURSES), terminfo(5)
This describes ncurses version 6.0 (patch 20160213).
Eric S. Raymond
Thomas E. Dickey