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Technical Reference: Base Operating System and Extensions , Volume 2

scr_restore Subroutine


Restores the virtual screen from a dump file.


Curses Library (libcurses.a)


#include <curses.h>

scr_restore( FileName)
char *FileName;


The scr_restore subroutine restores the virtual screen from the contents of a dump file. You create a dump file with the scr_dump subroutine. To update the terminal's display with the restored virtual screen, call the wrefresh or doupdate subroutine after restoring from a dump file.

To communicate the screen image across processes, use the scr_restore subroutine along with the scr_dump subroutine.

Return Values

ERR Indicates the content of the dump file is incompatible with the current release of curses.
OK Indicates that the virtual screen was successfully restored from a dump file.


FileName Identifies the name of the dump file.


To restore the contents of the virtual screen from the /tmp/virtual.dump file and update the terminal screen, use:


Implementation Specifics

This subroutine is part of Base Operating System (BOS) Runtime.

Related Information

The scr_dump (scr_dump, scr_init, scr_restore, scr_set Subroutine) subroutine, scr_init (scr_init Subroutine) subroutine.

Curses Overview for Programming, List of Curses Subroutines, Understanding Terminals with Curses, Manipulating Video Attributes in AIX 5L Version 5.1 General Programming Concepts: Writing and Debugging Programs.

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