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tput(1)                          User Commands                         tput(1)

       tput - initialize a terminal or query terminfo database

       tput [-T type] capname [parm...]

       tput -S <<

       The  tput utility uses the terminfo database to make the values of ter-
       minal-dependent capabilities and information  available  to  the  shell
       (see  sh(1));  to clear, initialize or reset the terminal; or to return
       the long name of the requested terminal type. tput outputs a string  if
       the  capability attribute (capname) 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 status (0 for TRUE if the terminal has the
       capability, 1 for FALSE if it does not), and produces no output. Before
       using  a  value  returned  on standard output, the user should test the
       exit status ($?, see sh(1)) to be sure it is 0.  See  the  EXIT  STATUS

       The following options are supported:

       -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 and  the  layer  size
                       will not be referenced.

       -S              Allows more than one capability per invocation of tput.
                       The capabilities must be passed to tput from the  stan-
                       dard  input  instead  of from the command line (see the
                       example in the EXAMPLES section). Only one  capname  is
                       allowed  per line. The -S option changes the meaning of
                       the 0 and 1 boolean and string exit statuses  (see  the
                       EXAMPLES section).

       The following operands are supported:

       capname         Indicates  the  capability  attribute from the terminfo
                       database. See terminfo(4) for a complete list of  capa-
                       bilities and the capname associated with each.

                       The  following strings will be supported as operands by
                       the implementation in the "C" locale:

                       clear           Display the clear-screen sequence.

                       init            If the terminfo database is present and
                                       an entry for the user's terminal exists
                                       (see -Ttype, above), the following will

                                           1.  if present, the terminal's ini-
                                               tialization  strings  will   be
                                               output   (is1,  is2,  is3,  if,

                                           2.  any delays (for instance,  new-
                                               line)  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, stan-
                                               dard  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  identi-
                                       cally to init.

                       longname        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 terminfo database (see term(5)).

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

       Example 1: Initializing the terminal according to TERM

       This example initializes the terminal according to the type of terminal
       in  the  environment  variable TERM. This command should be included in
       everyone's .profile  after  the  environment  variable  TERM  has  been
       exported, as illustrated on the profile(4) manual page.

       example% tput init

       Example 2: Resetting a terminal

       This  example resets an AT&T 5620 terminal, overriding the type of ter-
       minal in the environment variable TERM:

       example% tput -T5620 reset

       Example 3: Moving the cursor

       The following example sends 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).

       example% tput cup 0 0

       This next example sends the sequence to move the cursor to row 23, col-
       umn 4.

       example% tput cup 23 4

       Example 4: Echoing the clear-screen sequence

       This example echos the clear-screen sequence for the current terminal.

       example% tput clear

       Example 5: Printing the number of columns

       This command prints the number of columns for the current terminal.

       example% tput cols

       The  following  command prints the number of columns for the 450 termi-

       example% tput -T450 cols

       Example 6: Setting shell variables

       This example sets 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"
       example% bold='tput smso'
       example% offbold='tput rmso'

       Example 7: Setting the exit status

       This example sets the exit status to indicate if the  current  terminal
       is a hardcopy terminal.

       example% tput hc

       Example 8: Printing the long name from terminfo

       This  command  prints  the long name from the terminfo database for the
       type of terminal specified in the environment variable TERM.

       example% tput longname

       Example 9: Processing several capabilities with one invocation

       This example shows tput processing several capabilities in one  invoca-
       tion.  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 itself.

       example% tput -S <&lt;<&lt;!
       >&gt; clear
       >&gt; cup 10 10
       >&gt; bold
       >&gt; !

       See  environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables
       that affect the execution of tput: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES,
       and NLSPATH.

       TERM     Determine  the  terminal  type.  If  this variable is unset or
                null, and if the -T option is not  specified,  an  unspecified
                default terminal type will be used.

       The following exit values are returned:

                  o  If  capname  is  of type boolean and -S is not specified,
                     indicates TRUE.

                  o  If capname is of type string and  -S  is  not  specified,
                     indicates capname is defined for this terminal type.

                  o  If  capname is of type boolean or string and -S is speci-
                     fied, indicates that all lines were successful.

                  o  capname is of type integer.

                  o  The requested string was written successfully.

                  o  If capname is of type boolean and -S  is  not  specified,
                     indicates FALSE.

                  o  If  capname  is  of  type string and -S is not specified,
                     indicates that capname is not defined for  this  terminal

       2        Usage error.

       3        No information is available about the specified terminal type.

       4        The specified operand is invalid.

       >&gt;4       An error occurred.

       -1       capname  is  a  numeric  variable that is not specified in the
                terminfo database. For instance, tput  -T450  lines  and  tput
                -T2621 xmc.

       /usr/include/curses.h           curses(3CURSES) header

       /usr/include/term.h             terminfo header

       /usr/lib/tabset/*               Tab  settings  for some terminals, in a
                                       format appropriate to be output to  the
                                       terminal  (escape  sequences  that  set
                                       margins and tabs).  For  more  informa-
                                       tion, see the "Tabs and Initialization"
                                       section of terminfo(4)

       /usr/share/lib/terminfo/?/*     compiled terminal description database

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       tab()    allbox;    cw(2.750000i)|     cw(2.750000i)     lw(2.750000i)|
       lw(2.750000i).    ATTRIBUTE   TYPEATTRIBUTE  VALUE  AvailabilitySUNWcsu
       Interface StabilityStandard

       clear(1), sh(1), stty(1), tabs(1),  curses(3CURSES),  profile(4),  ter-
       minfo(4), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5), term(5)

SunOS 5.10                        1 Feb 1995                           tput(1)