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TPUT(1) NetBSD General Commands Manual TPUT(1)
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tput, clear -- terminal capability interface
tput [-T term] attribute [attribute-args] ...
tput makes terminal-dependent information available to users or shell
applications. The options are as follows:
-T The terminal name as specified in the terminfo(5) database, for
example, ``vt100'' or ``xterm''. If not specified, tput
retrieves the ``TERM'' variable from the environment.
tput outputs a string if the attribute is of type string; a number if it
is of type integer. Otherwise, tput exits 0 if the terminal has the
capability and 1 if it does not, without further action.
If the attribute is of type string, and takes arguments (e.g. cursor
movement, the terminfo ``cup'' sequence) the arguments are taken from the
command line immediately following the attribute.
The following special attributes are available:
clear Clear the screen (the terminfo(5) ``cl'' sequence).
init Initialize the terminal (the terminfo(5) ``is2'' sequence).
longname Print the descriptive name of the user's terminal type.
reset Reset the terminal (the terminfo(5) ``rs1, rs2, rs3'' and
The exit status of tput is based on the last attribute specified. If the
attribute is of type string or of type integer, tput exits 0 if the
attribute is defined for this terminal type and 1 if it is not. If the
attribute is of type boolean, tput exits 0 if the terminal has this
attribute, and 1 if it does not. tput exits 2 if any error occurred.
tput cl cm 5 10 clear the screen and goto line 5 column 10
tput cm 6 11 DC 6 goto line 6 column 11 and delete 6 characters
termcap(3), terminfo(3), terminfo(5)
The tput command appears in 4.4BSD.
tput can't really distinguish between different types of attributes.
Not all terminfo entries contain the reset sequence, so using the init
sequence may be more useful.
NetBSD 9.0 April 5, 2012 NetBSD 9.0