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       tput, reset - initialize a terminal or query terminfo database


       tput [-Ttype] capname [parms ... ]
       tput [-Ttype] init
       tput [-Ttype] reset
       tput [-Ttype] longname
       tput -S  <<
       tput -V


       The  tput  utility  uses  the  terminfo  database to make the values of terminal-dependent
       capabilities and information available to the shell (see sh(1)), to  initialize  or  reset
       the  terminal, or return the long name of the requested terminal type.  The result depends
       upon the capability's type:

                   tput writes the string  to  the  standard  output.   No  trailing  newline  is

                   tput writes the decimal value to the standard output, with a trailing newline.

                   tput simply sets the exit code (0 for TRUE if the terminal has the capability,
                   1 for FALSE if it does not), and writes nothing to the standard output.

       Before using a value returned on the standard output, the application should test the exit
       code  (e.g.,  $?,  see  sh(1))  to  be  sure it is 0.  (See the EXIT CODES and DIAGNOSTICS
       sections.)  For a complete list of capabilities and the capname associated with each,  see

       -Ttype indicates  the  type of terminal.  Normally this option is unnecessary, because the
              default is taken from the environment variable TERM.  If -T is specified, then  the
              shell variables LINES and COLUMNS will be ignored,and the operating system will not
              be queried for the actual screen size.

              indicates the capability from the  terminfo  database.   When  termcap  support  is
              compiled in, the termcap name for the capability is also accepted.

       parms  If  the  capability  is a string that takes parameters, the arguments parms will be
              instantiated into the string.

              Most parameters are numbers.  Only  a  few  terminfo  capabilities  require  string
              parameters;  tput  uses  a table to decide which to pass as strings.  Normally tput
              uses tparm (3X) to perform the substitution.  If no parameters are  given  for  the
              capability, tput writes the string without performing the substitution.

       -S     allows  more  than one capability per invocation of tput.  The capabilities must be
              passed to tput from the standard input  instead  of  from  the  command  line  (see
              example).  Only one capname is allowed per line.  The -S option changes the meaning
              of the 0 and 1 boolean and string exit codes (see the EXIT CODES section).

              Again, tput uses a table and the presence of parameters  in  its  input  to  decide
              whether to use tparm (3X), and how to interpret the parameters.

       -V     reports the version of ncurses which was used in this program, and exits.

       init   If  the  terminfo  database  is present and an entry for the user's terminal exists
              (see -Ttype, above), the following will occur:

              (1)    if present, the terminal's initialization strings will be output as detailed
                     in the terminfo(5) section on Tabs and Initialization,

              (2)    any  delays  (e.g.,  newline)  specified in the entry will be set in the tty

              (3)    tabs expansion will be turned on or off according to  the  specification  in
                     the entry, and

              (4)    if tabs are not expanded, standard tabs will be set (every 8 spaces).

              If  an  entry  does  not  contain  the information needed for any of the four above
              activities, that activity will silently be skipped.

       reset  Instead of putting out initialization strings, the terminal's reset strings will be
              output  if  present (rs1, rs2, rs3, rf).  If the reset strings are not present, but
              initialization strings are, the initialization strings will be output.   Otherwise,
              reset acts identically to init.

              If  the  terminfo  database  is present and an entry for the user's terminal exists
              (see -Ttype above), then the long name of the terminal will be put out.   The  long
              name  is  the  last  name  in  the  first line of the terminal's description in the
              terminfo database [see term(5)].

       If tput is invoked by a link named reset, this has the same effect  as  tput  reset.   See
       tset for comparison, which has similar behavior.


       tput init
            Initialize  the  terminal  according  to  the  type  of terminal in the environmental
            variable TERM.  This command should be included  in  everyone's  .profile  after  the
            environmental  variable  TERM  has  been  exported,  as illustrated on the profile(5)
            manual page.

       tput -T5620 reset
            Reset an AT&T 5620 terminal, overriding the type of  terminal  in  the  environmental
            variable TERM.

       tput cup 0 0
            Send the sequence to move the cursor to row 0, column 0 (the upper left corner of the
            screen, usually known as the "home" cursor position).

       tput clear
            Echo the clear-screen sequence for the current terminal.

       tput cols
            Print the number of columns for the current terminal.

       tput -T450 cols
            Print the number of columns for the 450 terminal.

       bold=`tput smso` offbold=`tput rmso`
            Set the shell variables bold, to begin stand-out mode sequence, and offbold,  to  end
            standout  mode  sequence,  for  the  current  terminal.   This might be followed by a
            prompt: echo "${bold}Please type in your name: ${offbold}\c"

       tput hc
            Set exit code to indicate if the current terminal is a hard copy terminal.

       tput cup 23 4
            Send the sequence to move the cursor to row 23, column 4.

       tput cup
            Send the terminfo string for cursor-movement, with no parameters substituted.

       tput longname
            Print the long name from the terminfo database for the type of terminal specified  in
            the environmental variable TERM.

            tput -S <<!
            > clear
            > cup 10 10
            > bold
            > !

            This example shows tput processing several capabilities in one invocation.  It clears
            the screen, moves the cursor to position 10, 10 and  turns  on  bold  (extra  bright)
            mode.  The list is terminated by an exclamation mark (!) on a line by itself.


              compiled terminal description database

              tab  settings  for  some  terminals,  in  a  format appropriate to be output to the
              terminal (escape sequences that set margins and tabs); for  more  information,  see
              the "Tabs and Initialization" section of terminfo(5)


       If  the  -S  option  is used, tput checks for errors from each line, and if any errors are
       found, will set the exit code to 4 plus the number of lines with errors.  If no errors are
       found, the exit code is 0.  No indication of which line failed can be given so exit code 1
       will never appear.  Exit codes 2, 3, and 4 retain their usual interpretation.  If  the  -S
       option is not used, the exit code depends on the type of capname:

                   a value of 0 is set for TRUE and 1 for FALSE.

            string a  value  of  0  is  set if the capname is defined for this terminal type (the
                   value of capname is returned on standard output); a  value  of  1  is  set  if
                   capname  is not defined for this terminal type (nothing is written to standard

                   a value of 0 is always set,  whether  or  not  capname  is  defined  for  this
                   terminal type.  To determine if capname is defined for this terminal type, the
                   user must test the value written to standard output.  A value of -1 means that
                   capname is not defined for this terminal type.

            other  reset or init may fail to find their respective files.  In that case, the exit
                   code is set to 4 + errno.

       Any other exit code indicates an error; see the DIAGNOSTICS section.


       tput prints the following error messages and sets the corresponding exit codes.

       exit code   error message
       0           (capname is a numeric variable that is not specified  in
                   the  terminfo(5)  database  for this terminal type, e.g.
                   tput -T450 lines and tput -T2621 xmc)
       1           no error message is printed, see the EXIT CODES section.
       2           usage error
       3           unknown terminal type or no terminfo database
       4           unknown terminfo capability capname
       >4          error occurred in -S


       The longname and -S options, and the  parameter-substitution  features  used  in  the  cup
       example, are not supported in BSD curses or in AT&T/USL curses before SVr4.

       X/Open  documents  only  the  operands for clear, init and reset.  In this implementation,
       clear is part of the capname support.  Other implementations of tput on SVr4-based systems
       such  as  Solaris, IRIX64 and HPUX as well as others such as AIX and Tru64 provide support
       for capname operands.  A few platforms such as FreeBSD and NetBSD recognize termcap  names
       rather than terminfo capability names in their respective tput commands.


       clear(1), stty(1), tabs(1), terminfo(5).

       This describes ncurses version 5.9 (patch 20110404).