captoinfo(1M)captoinfo(1M)NAMEcaptoinfo - convert a termcap description into a terminfo description
SYNOPSIScaptoinfo [-vn width] [-V] [-1] [-w width] file . . .
DESCRIPTIONcaptoinfo 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 /usr/pkg/share/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.
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.
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:
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(1M), 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.
SEE ALSOinfocmp(1M), curses(3X), terminfo(5)
This describes ncurses version 5.7 (patch 20081102).
Eric S. Raymond <firstname.lastname@example.org>