captoinfo(1) General Commands Manual captoinfo(1)
captoinfo - convert a termcap description into a terminfo description
captoinfo [-vn width] [-V] [-1] [-w width] file . . .
captoinfo looks in file for termcap descriptions. For each one found,
an equivalent terminfo description is written to standard output.
Termcap tc capabilities are translated directly to terminfo use capa-
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.
c c c c c c c c l l l l. 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:
c c l l. Cap Graphic _ 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 GC intersection 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 Gc intersection 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
c c l l. IBM XSI _ ksel kslt kbtab kcbt font0 s0ds
font1 s1ds font2 s2ds font3 s3ds
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(1), 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(1), ncurses(3NCURSES), terminfo(5)
This describes ncurses version 5.7 (patch 20081213).
Eric S. Raymond <esrATsnark.com>