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       libtecla - An interactive command-line input library.


       gcc ... -ltecla -lcurses


       The  tecla  library  provides  programs  with  interactive command line
       editing facilities, similar  to  those  of  the  unix  tcsh  shell.  In
       addition   to  simple  command-line  editing,  it  supports  recall  of
       previously entered command lines, TAB completion of file names or other
       tokens,  and  in-line  wild-card  expansion  of filenames. The internal
       functions which perform file-name completion  and  wild-card  expansion
       are also available externally for optional use by the calling program.

       The  various  parts  of the library are documented in the following man

         tecla(7)              -  Use level documentation of the
                               command-line editing facilities
                               provided by gl_get_line().
         gl_get_line(3)        -  The interactive line-input module.
         gl_io_mode(3)         -  How to use gl_get_line() in an
                               incremental, non-blocking fashion.
         cpl_complete_word(3)  -  The word completion module.
         ef_expand_file(3)     -  The filename expansion module.
         pca_lookup_file(3)    -  A directory-list based filename
                               lookup and completion module.

       In addition there is one  optional  application  distributed  with  the

         enhance(1)            -  Add command-line editing to third
                                  party applications.


       If  the  library  is compiled with -D_POSIX_C_SOURCE=199506L, reentrant
       versions of as many functions as possible are used. This includes using
       getpwuid_r() and getpwnam_r() instead of getpwuid() and getpwnam() when
       looking up the home directories of specific users in the password  file
       (for  ~user/  expansion),  and  readdir_r()  instead  of  readdir() for
       reading directory entries when doing filename completion. The reentrant
       version  of  the  library  is  usually  called  libtecla_r.a instead of
       libtecla.a, so if only the latter is available, it probably  isn't  the
       correct version to link with threaded programs.

       Reentrant  functions  for  iterating  through  the password file aren't
       available, so when  the  library  is  compiled  to  be  reentrant,  TAB
       completion   of  incomplete  usernames  in  ~username/  expressions  is
       disabled.  This  doesn't  disable  expansion  of   complete   ~username
       expressions,  which  can be done reentrantly, or expansion of the parts
       of  filenames  that  follow  them,  so   this   doesn't   remove   much

       The  terminfo functions setupterm(), tigetstr(), tigetnum() and tputs()
       also aren't reentrant, but very few programs will want to interact with
       multiple  terminals,  so this shouldn't prevent this library from being
       used in threaded programs.


       The version number of the library can be queried  using  the  following

        void libtecla_version(int *major, int *minor, int *micro);

       On  return,  this function records the three components of the libtecla
       version number in *major, *minor, *micro. The  formal  meaning  of  the
       three components is as follows.

        major - Incrementing this number implies that a change has
                been made to the library's public interface, which
                makes it binary incompatible  with programs that
                were linked with previous shared versions of the
                tecla library.

        minor - This number is incremented by one whenever
                additional functionality, such as new functions or
                modules, are added to the library.

        micro - This is incremented whenever modifications to the
                library are made which make no changes to the
                public interface, but which fix bugs and/or improve
                the behind-the-scenes implementation.


       In  Spanish,  a  "tecla"  is  the key of a keyboard. Since this library
       centers on keyboard input, and given that I wrote much of  the  library
       while working in Chile, this seemed like a suitable name.


       libtecla.a    -   The tecla library.
       libtecla.h    -   The tecla header file.
       ~/.teclarc    -   The tecla personal customization file.


       gl_get_line(3), tecla(7), gl_io_mode(3), ef_expand_file(3),
       cpl_complete_word(3), pca_lookup_file(3), enhance(1)


       Martin Shepherd  (


       Markus Gyger  - Lots of assistance, including help with
                       shared libraries, configuration information,
                       particularly for Solaris; modifications to
                       support C++ compilers, improvements for ksh
                       users, faster cursor motion, output
                       buffering, and changes to make gl_get_line()
                       8-bit clean.
       Mike MacFaden - Suggestions, feedback and testing that led
                       to many of the major new functions that were
                       added in version 1.4.0.
       Tim Eliseo    - Many vi-mode bindings and fixes.