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GETTYTAB(5)                 BSD File Formats Manual                GETTYTAB(5)

     gettytab -- terminal configuration database


     The gettytab file is a simplified version of the termcap(5) database used
     to describe terminal lines.  The initial terminal login process getty(8)
     accesses the gettytab file each time it starts, allowing simpler recon-
     figuration of terminal characteristics.  Each entry in the database is
     used to describe one class of terminals.

     There is a default terminal class, default, that is used to set global
     defaults for all other classes.  (That is, the default entry is read,
     then the entry for the class required is used to override particular set-

     Refer to termcap(5) for a description of the file layout.  The default
     column below lists defaults obtained if there is no entry in the table
     obtained, nor one in the special default table.

     Name    Type    Default    Description
     ap      bool    false      Terminal uses any parity.
     bk      str     0377       Alternative end-of-line character (input
     c0      num     unused     TTY control flags to write messages.
     c1      num     unused     TTY control flags to read login name.
     c2      num     unused     TTY control flags to leave terminal as.
     ce      bool    false      Use CRT erase algorithm.
     ck      bool    false      Use CRT kill algorithm.
     cl      str     NULL       Screen clear sequence.
     co      bool    false      Console; add '\n' after login prompt.
     ds      str     '^Y'       Delayed suspend character.
     dx      bool    false      Set DECCTLQ.
     ec      bool    false      Leave echo OFF.
     ep      bool    false      Terminal uses even parity.
     er      str     '^?'       Erase character.
     et      str     '^D'       End of text (EOF) character.
     ev      str     NULL       Initial environment.
     fl      str     '^O'       Output flush character.
     hc      bool    false      Do not hangup line on last close.
     he      str     NULL       Hostname editing string.
     hn      str     hostname   Hostname.
     ht      bool    false      Terminal has real tabs.
     i0      num     unused     TTY input flags to write messages.
     i1      num     unused     TTY input flags to read login name.
     i2      num     unused     TTY input flags to leave terminal as.
     ig      bool    false      Ignore garbage characters in login name.
     im      str     NULL       Initial (banner) message.
     in      str     '^C'       Interrupt character.
     is      num     unused     Input speed.
     kl      str     '^U'       Kill character.
     l0      num     unused     TTY local flags to write messages.
     l1      num     unused     TTY local flags to read login name.
     l2      num     unused     TTY local flags to leave terminal as.
     lc      bool    false      Terminal has lower case.
     lm      str     login:     Login prompt.
     ln      str     '^V'       ``Literal next'' character.
     lo      str     /usr/bin/login            Program to execute when name
     mb      bool    false      Do flow control based on carrier.
     nl      bool    false      Terminal has (or might have) a newline
     np      bool    false      Terminal uses no parity (i.e., 8-bit
     nx      str     default    Next table (for auto speed selection).
     o0      num     unused     TTY output flags to write messages.
     o1      num     unused     TTY output flags to read login name.
     o2      num     unused     TTY output flags to leave terminal as.
     op      bool    false      Terminal uses odd parity.
     os      num     unused     Output speed.
     pc      str     '\0'       Pad character.
     pe      bool    false      Use printer (hard copy) erase algorithm.
     pf      num     0          Delay between first prompt and following flush
     pp      str     unused     PPP authentication program.
     ps      bool    false      Line connected to a MICOM port selector.
     qu      str     '^\'       Quit character.
     rp      str     '^R'       Line retype character.
     rw      bool    false      Do not use raw for input, use cbreak.
     sp      num     unused     Line speed (input and output).
     su      str     '^Z'       Suspend character.
     tc      str     none       Table continuation.
     to      num     0          Timeout (seconds).
     tt      str     NULL       Terminal type (for environment).
     ub      bool    false      Do unbuffered output (of prompts etc).
     we      str     '^W'       Word erase character.
     xc      bool    false      Do not echo control characters as '^X'.
     xf      str     '^S'       XOFF (stop output) character.
     xn      str     '^Q'       XON (start output) character.

     The following capabilities are no longer supported by getty(8):

     bd    num     0        Backspace delay.
     cb    bool    false    Use CRT backspace mode.
     cd    num     0        Carriage-return delay.
     f0    num     unused   TTY mode flags to write messages.
     f1    num     unused   TTY mode flags to read login name.
     f2    num     unused   TTY mode flags to leave terminal as.
     fd    num     0        Form-feed (vertical motion) delay.
     nd    num     0        Newline (line-feed) delay.
     uc    bool    false    Terminal is known upper case only.

     If no line speed is specified, speed will not be altered from that which
     prevails when getty(8) is entered.  Specifying an input or output speed
     will override line speed for stated direction only.

     Terminal modes to be used for the output of the message and for input of
     the login name, and to leave the terminal set as upon completion, are
     derived from the boolean flags specified.  If the derivation should prove
     inadequate, any (or all) of these three may be overridden with one of the
     c0, c1, c2, i0, i1, i2, l0, l1, l2, o0, o1, or o2 numeric specifications,
     which can be used to specify (usually in octal, with a leading '0') the
     exact values of the flags.  These flags correspond to the termios
     c_cflag, c_iflag, c_lflag, and c_oflag fields, respectively.  Each of
     these sets must be completely specified to be effective.

     Should getty(8) receive a null character (presumed to indicate a line
     break) it will restart using the table indicated by the nx entry.  If
     there is none, it will re-use its original table.

     Delays are specified in milliseconds; the nearest possible delay avail-
     able in the TTY driver will be used.  Should greater certainty be
     desired, delays with values 0, 1, 2, and 3 are interpreted as choosing
     that particular delay algorithm from the driver.

     The cl screen clear string may be preceded by a (decimal) number of mil-
     liseconds of delay required (a la termcap(5)).  This delay is simulated
     by repeated use of the pad character pc.

     The initial message and login message (im and lm) may include any of the
     following character sequences, which expand to information about the
     environment in which getty(8) is running:

     %d    The current date.

     %h    The hostname of the machine, which is normally obtained from the
           system using gethostname(3), but may also be overridden by the hn
           table entry.  In either case it may be edited with the he string.
           A '@' in the he string causes one character from the real hostname
           to be copied to the final hostname.  A '#' in the he string causes
           the next character of the real hostname to be skipped.  Each char-
           acter that is neither '@' nor '#' is copied into the final host-
           name.  Surplus '@' and '#' characters are ignored.

     %t    The TTY name.

     %m, %r, %s, %v
           The type of machine, release of the operating system, name of the
           operating system, and version of the kernel, respectively, as
           returned by uname(3).

     %%    A '%' character.

     When getty(8) executes the login process given in the lo string (usually
     /usr/bin/login), it will have set the environment to include the terminal
     type, as indicated by the tt string (if it exists).  The ev string can be
     used to enter additional data into the environment.  It is a list of
     comma-separated strings, each of which will presumably be of the form

     If a non-zero timeout is specified with to, then getty(8) will exit
     within the indicated number of seconds, either having received a login
     name and passed control to login(1), or having received an alarm signal
     and exited.  This may be useful to hangup dial in lines.

     Output from getty(8) is even parity unless op or np is specified.  The op
     string may be specified with ap to allow any parity on input, but gener-
     ate odd parity output.  Note: this only applies while getty(8) is being
     run; terminal driver limitations prevent a more complete implementation.
     getty(8) does not check parity of input characters in RAW mode.

     If a pp string is specified and a PPP link bring-up sequence is recog-
     nized, getty(8) will invoke the program referenced by the pp option.
     This can be used to handle incoming PPP calls.

     login(1), gethostname(3), uname(3), termcap(5), getty(8)

     The gettytab file format appeared in 4.2BSD.

     The special characters (erase, kill, etc.) are reset to system defaults
     by login(1).  In all cases, '#' or '^H' typed in a login name will be
     treated as an erase character, and '@' will be treated as a kill charac-

     The delay stuff is a real crock.  Apart from its general lack of flexi-
     bility, some of the delay algorithms are not implemented.  The terminal
     driver should support sane delay settings.

     The he capability is stupid.

     The termcap(5) format is horrid; something more rational should have been

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