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editrc -- configuration file for editline library
The editrc file defines various settings to be used by the editline(3)
The format of each line is:
[prog:]command [arg ...]
command is one of the editline(3) builtin commands. Refer to BUILTIN
COMMANDS for more information.
prog is the program name string that a program defines when it calls
el_init(3) to set up editline(3), which is usually argv. command will
be executed for any program which matches prog.
prog may also be a regex(3) style regular expression, in which case
command will be executed for any program that matches the regular expres-
If prog is absent, command is executed for all programs.
The editline library has some builtin commands, which affect the way that
the line editing and history functions operate. These are based on simi-
lar named builtins present in the tcsh(1) shell.
The following builtin commands are available:
bind [-aeklrsv] [key [command]]
Without options and arguments, list all bound keys and macros, and
the editor command or input string to which each one is bound. If
only key is supplied, show the binding for that key or macro. If
key command is supplied, bind the editor command to that key or
The options are as follows:
-a List or change key bindings in the vi(1) mode alternate (com-
mand mode) key map.
-e Bind all keys to the standard GNU Emacs-like bindings.
-k key is interpreted as a symbolic arrow key name, which may be
one of `up', `down', `left' or `right'.
-l List all editor commands and a short description of each.
-r Remove the binding of the key or macro key.
-s Define a keyboard macro rather than a key binding or command
macro: command is taken as a literal string and appended to
the input queue whenever key is typed. Bound keys and macros
in command are themselves reinterpreted, and this continues
for ten levels of interpretation.
-v Bind all keys to the standard vi(1)-like bindings.
The editline(7) manual documents all editor commands and contains
more information about macros and the input queue.
key and command can contain control characters of the form
`^character' (e.g. `^A'), and the following backslashed escape
\r Carriage return
\t Horizontal tab
\v Vertical tab
\nnn The ASCII character corresponding to the octal number
`\' nullifies the special meaning of the following character, if it
has any, notably `\' and `^'.
echotc [-sv] arg ...
Exercise terminal capabilities given in arg .... If arg is `baud',
`cols', `lines', `rows', `meta', or `tabs', the value of that capa-
bility is printed, with ``yes'' or ``no'' indicating that the ter-
minal does or does not have that capability.
-s returns an empty string for non-existent capabilities, rather
than causing an error. -v causes messages to be verbose.
edit [on | off]
Enable or disable the editline functionality in a program.
history list | size n | unique n
The list command lists all entries in the history. The size com-
mand sets the history size to n entries. The unique command con-
trols if history should keep duplicate entries. If n is non zero,
only keep unique history entries. If n is zero, then keep all
entries (the default).
settc cap val
Set the terminal capability cap to val, as defined in termcap(5).
No sanity checking is done.
setty [-a] [-d] [-q] [-x] [+mode] [-mode] [mode] [char=c]
Control which tty modes that editrc won't allow the user to change.
-d, -q or -x tells setty to act on the `edit', `quote' or `execute'
set of tty modes respectively; defaulting to -x.
Without other arguments, setty lists the modes in the chosen set
which are fixed on (`+mode') or off (`-mode'). -a lists all tty
modes in the chosen set regardless of the setting. With +mode,
-mode or mode, fixes mode on or off or removes control of mode in
the chosen set.
Setty can also be used to set tty characters to particular values
using char=value. If value is empty then the character is set to
List the values of all the terminal capabilities (see termcap(5)).
EDITRC Names the default configuration file for the editline(3)
~/.editrc Last resort, if no other file is specified, user configura-
tion file for the editline(3) library.
editline(3), regex(3), termcap(5), editline(7)
The editline library was written by Christos Zoulas, and this manual was
written by Luke Mewburn, with some sections inspired by tcsh(1).
NetBSD 9.0 May 22, 2016 NetBSD 9.0