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Commands Reference, Volume 5

tic Command


Translates the terminfo description files from source to compiled format.


tic [ -v [Number] ] [-c] FileName


The tic command translates the terminfo files from the source format into the compiled format. The tic command places the results in the /usr/share/lib/terminfo directory. If the TERMINFO environment variable is set, the results are placed there instead of in the /usr/share/lib/terminfo directory.

The tic command compiles all terminfo descriptions in FileName. When the tic command finds a use= entry-name field, it searches the current file first, If unable to find the entry -name, it obtains the entry from the binary file in /usr/share/lib/terminfo. If TERMINFO is set, the terminfo directory is searched before /usr/share/lib/terminfo.

The total compiled entries cannot exceed 4096 bytes, and the name field cannot exceed 128 bytes.


-v[Number] Writes trace information on the progress of the tic command. Number is an integer from 1 to 10 inclusive that increases the level of the verbosity. If Number is omitted, the default level is 1. The amount of information output increases as Number increases.
-c Only checks FileName for errors. Errors in use=entry-name are not detected.


nfo/?/* Contains the compiled terminal capability database.

Related Information

The terminfo file format.

The Curses Overview for Programming in AIX 5L Version 5.2 General Programming Concepts: Writing and Debugging Programs.

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