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capfile -- capability database files
capfile describes the format of capability database files, made popular
by termcap. termcap itself has been superseded by terminfo(5), which
contains equivalent termcap capabilities, and this page exists solely to
document the termcap format as it is still used by other programs such as
Entries in capfile consist of a number of `:'-separated fields. The
first entry for each record gives the names that are known for the
record, separated by `|' characters. By convention, the last name is
usually a comment and is not intended as a lookup tag. The entry must be
terminated by the `:' character.
A Sample Entry
The following entry describes the Teletype model 33.
T3|tty33|33|tty|Teletype model 33:\
Entries may continue onto multiple lines by giving a \ as the last char-
acter of a line, and empty fields may be included for readability (here
between the last field on a line and the first field on the next). Com-
ments may be included on lines beginning with ``#''.
Types of Capabilities
Capabilities in capfile are of three types: Boolean capabilities, numeric
capabilities, and string capabilities.
Boolean capabilities are just the name, to indicate the ability is
Numeric capabilities are followed by the character `#' then the value.
In the example above co gives the value `72'.
String capabilities are followed by the character `=' and then the
string. In the example above bl gives the value `^G'.
Sometimes individual capabilities must be commented out. To do this, put
a period (`.') before the capability name. For example, see the first cr
in the example above.
Sometimes individual capabilities must be marked as absent. To do this,
put a @ after the capability name. For example, see the last am in the
example above. This is only useful when merging entries. See the
tc=name discussion below for more details.
Numeric capability values may be given in one of three numeric bases. If
the number starts with either `0x' or `0X' it is interpreted as a hexa-
decimal number (both upper and lower case a-f may be used to denote the
extended hexadecimal digits). Otherwise, if the number starts with a `0'
it is interpreted as an octal number. Otherwise the number is inter-
preted as a decimal number.
String capability values may contain any character. Non-printable ASCII
codes, new lines, and colons may be conveniently represented by the use
of escape sequences:
^X ('X' & 037) control-X
\b, \B (ASCII 010) backspace
\t, \T (ASCII 011) tab
\n, \N (ASCII 012) line feed (newline)
\f, \F (ASCII 014) form feed
\r, \R (ASCII 015) carriage return
\e, \E (ASCII 027) escape
\c, \C (:) colon
\\ (\) back slash
\^ (^) caret
\nnn (ASCII octal nnn)
A `\' followed by up to three octal digits directly specifies the numeric
code for a character. The use of ASCII NULs, while easily encoded,
causes all sorts of problems and must be used with care since NULs are
typically used to denote the end of strings; many applications use `\200'
to represent a NUL.
A special capability, "tc=name", is used to indicate that the record
specified by name should be substituted for the "tc" capability. "tc"
capabilities may interpolate records which also contain "tc" capabilities
and more than one "tc" capability may be used in a record. A "tc" expan-
sion scope (i.e. where the argument is searched for) contains the file in
which the "tc" is declared and all subsequent files in the file array.
cgetcap(3), termcap(3), terminfo(5)
termcap described the capabilities of terminals, used by programs such as
vi(1) and hack(6). These programs still use termcap today, but their
capability requests are mapped onto terminfo(5) ones instead. As such,
the termcap database file is no longer shipped with NetBSD.
Roy Marples <roy@NetBSD.org>
NetBSD 9.99 March 27, 2012 NetBSD 9.99