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CURSES_BACKGROUND(3) NetBSD Library Functions Manual CURSES_BACKGROUND(3)
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curses_background, bkgd, bkgdset, getbkgd, wbkgd, wbkgdset -- curses
attribute manipulation routines
Curses Library (libcurses, -lcurses)
wbkgd(WINDOW *, chtype);
wbkgdset(WINDOW *, chtype);
These functions manipulate the background attributes on stdscr or on the
The function wbkgdset(win, ch) sets the background attributes of the
specified window win to ch.
When the background attributes are set on a window, characters are added
to the window with the logical OR of the background attributes and the
character's attributes. If both the background attribute and the charac-
ter attribute contain color, the color of the character attribute is ren-
dered. If the background attribute contains a non-space character, then
this character is added where the foreground character is a space charac-
Note that subwindows created from win inherit the background attributes
The function wbkgd(win, ch) sets the background attributes of the speci-
fied window win to ch and also sets the rendition of every character
position on that window, as if the characters had been newly added to
win. The rendition of characters on subwindows of win is also set to ch.
The functions bkgdset(ch) and bkgd(ch) are equivalent to wbkgdset(stdscr,
ch) and wbkgd(stdscr, ch), respectively.
The function getbkgd(win) returns the background attributes for the win-
The functions wbkgdset() and wbkgd() return OK on success and ERR on
curses_attributes(3), curses_color(3), curses_window(3)
The NetBSD Curses library complies with the X/Open Curses specification,
part of the Single Unix Specification.
These functions first appeared in NetBSD 1.6.
NetBSD 9.0 September 29, 2018 NetBSD 9.0