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 ttytype(1)							  ttytype(1)

      ttytype - terminal identification program

      ttytype [-apsv] [-t type]

      ttytype automatically identifies the current terminal type by sending
      an identification request sequence to the terminal.  This method works
      for local, modem, and remote terminal connections, as well as for the
      hpterm and xterm terminal emulators.

      Once the terminal has been identified, ttytype prints the terminal's
      type to the standard output (see terminfo(4)).  This string is usually
      used as the value for the TERM environment variable.

      If ttytype is unable to determine the correct terminal type, it
      prompts the user for the correct terminal identification string.

      ttytype recognizes the following options:

	   -a	       Causes ttytype to return an ID of "unknown" instead
		       of prompting for the terminal type if auto-
		       identification fails.  If this option is not present,
		       ttytype interactively prompts the user for the
		       terminal type if it is unable to determine the
		       correct type automatically.

	   -p	       Causes ttytype to prompt for the terminal type before
		       it sends the terminal identification request
		       sequence.  If the user responds with only a carriage
		       return, ttytype proceeds with the automatic terminal
		       identification process.	Any other response is taken
		       as the correct terminal type.  Note that the LINES
		       and COLUMNS variables are not set if the user
		       manually enters a terminal type.

		       The -p option is normally used only for terminals
		       that do not behave well when presented with ttytype's
		       terminal identification request sequence.  It gives
		       the user a chance to respond with the correct
		       terminal type before any escape sequences are sent
		       that could have an adverse effect on the terminal.

		       The -a option can be used in conjunction with the -p
		       option.	The -a option only inhibits interactive
		       prompting after ttytype has failed to identify the
		       terminal by other means.

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	   -s	       Tells ttytype to print a series of shell commands to
		       set the TERM, LINES, and COLUMNS environment
		       variables to appropriate values.	 In addition, the
		       variable ERASE is set to the two-character sequence
		       representing the appropriate erase character for the
		       terminal (DEL for ANSI terminals, backspace for all
		       others).	 This two-character sequence can then be
		       used as an argument to stty or tset (see stty(1) and

		       The SHELL environment variable is consulted to see
		       which shell syntax to use for setting the environment
		       variables.  This output is normally used with a
		       command of the form:

			    eval `ttytype -s`

	   -t type     ttytype normally attempts identification of Wyse,
		       ANSI and HP terminals.  The -t type argument can be
		       used to restrict the inquiry to that required for
		       terminals of the specified type.	 The accepted types
		       are ansi, hp, and wyse.	Multiple -t options can be

	   -v	       Enable verbose messages to standard error.

      ttytype is most commonly used as part of the login sequence.  The
      following shell script fragment can be used during login shell

	   # If TERM is not set, see if our port is listed in /etc/ttytype.
	   # If /etc/ttytype doesn't have information for our port, run
	   # ttytype(1) to try to determine the type of terminal we have.
	   # To have ttytype(1) prompt for the terminal type before trying
	   # to automatically identify the terminal, add the "-p" option
	   # to the "ttytype -s" command below.
	   if [ -z "$TERM" -o "$TERM" = network ]; then
	       unset TERM
	       eval `tset -s -Q`
	       if [ -z "$TERM" -o "$TERM" = unknown ]; then
		eval `ttytype -s`
		tset -Q -e ${ERASE:-\^h} $TERM

      Use of the -s option is highly recommended because many terminals

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      support variable-size displays.  This option provides the only means
      for automatically configuring the user environment in such a manner
      that applications can handle these terminals correctly.  Note that
      LINES and COLUMNS are not set if the -p option is used and the user
      manually enters a terminal type.

      The following steps are performed in the order indicated when
      identifying a terminal:

	   1. ttytype tries the Wyse 30/50/60 id request sequence.

	   2. ttytype tries the standard ANSI id request sequence.  If a
	      response is received, it is converted to a string according to
	      an internal table.

	   3. ttytype tries the HP id request sequence.

	   4. If none of the above steps succeed, ttytype prompts
	      interactively for the correct terminal type unless the -a
	      option has been given.

      ttytype may skip one or more of the first three steps, depending on
      the presence of -t options.

      The HP ID-request sequence can switch some ANSI terminals into an
      unexpected operating mode.  Recovery from such a condition sometimes
      requires cycling power on the terminal.  To avoid this problem,
      ttytype always sends the HP identification sequence last.

      The terminal identification sequences sent by ttytype can cause
      unexpected behavior on terminals other than the Wyse 30/50/60,
      standard ANSI or HP terminals.  If you have such terminals in your
      configuration, use the -t or -p options to prevent ttytype from
      sending sequences that cause unexpected behavior.

      ttytype was developed by HP.

      csh(1), ksh(1), sh(1), stty(1), ttytype(4), environ(5).

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