tic [ -v [ n ] ] [ -c ]
The tic command translates a
file from the source format into the compiled format. The results
are placed in the directory /usr/lib/terminfo. The
compiled format is necessary for use with the library routines
If the environment variable TERMINFO is set, the compiled
results are placed there instead of /usr/lib/terminfo.
(Verbose) output to standard error trace information showing
tic's progress. The optional integer n is a
number from 1 to 10, inclusive, indicating the desired level of
detail of information. If n is omitted, the default level
is 1. If n is specified and greater than 1, the level of
detail is increased.
Only check file for errors. Errors in use= links
are not detected.
Contains one or more terminfo terminal descriptions in
source format. Each description in the file describes the
capabilities of a particular terminal. When a
``use=entry-name'' field is discovered in a terminal entry
currently being compiled, tic reads in the binary from
/usr/lib/terminfo to complete the entry. (Entries created
from file will be used first. If the environment variable
TERMINFO is set, that directory is searched instead of
/usr/lib/terminfo.) tic duplicates the
capabilities in ``entry-name'' for the current entry, with the
exception of those capabilities that are explicitly defined in the
Most diagnostic messages produced by tic during the
compilation of the source file are preceded with the approximate
line number and the name of the terminal currently being worked on.
mkdir ... returned bad status
The named directory could not be created.
File does not start with terminal names in column one
The first thing seen in the file, after comments, must be
the list of terminal names.
Token after an lseek(S) not NAMES
Somehow the file being compiled changed during the compilation.
Not enough memory for use_list element
Out of memory
Not enough free memory was available (
Can't open ...
The named file could not be created.
Error in writing ...
The named file could not be written to.
Can't link ... to ...
A link failed.
Error in re-reading compiled file ...
The compiled file could not be read back in.
The current entry ended prematurely.
Backspaced off beginning of line
This error indicates an error happened within tic.
Unknown Capability - ``...''
The named invalid capability was found within the file.
Wrong type used for capability ``...''
For example, a string capability was given a numeric value.
Unknown token type
Tokens must be followed by ``@'' to cancel, ``,'' for
Booleans, ``#'' for numbers, or ``='' for strings.
Line ...: Illegal terminal name - ``...''
Terminal names must start with a letter or digit
The given name was invalid. Names must not contain white space or
slashes, and must begin with a letter or digit.
``...'': terminal name too long.
An extremely long terminal name was found.
``...'': terminal name too short
A one-letter name was found.
``...'' filename too long, truncating to ``...''
The given name was truncated to 14 characters due to
filename length limitations.
``...'' defined in more than one entry. Entry being used is ``...''.
An entry was found more than once.
Terminal name ``...'' synonym for itself
A name was listed twice in the list of synonyms.
At least one synonym should begin with a letter
At least one of the names of the terminal should begin with a letter.
Illegal character - ``...''
The given invalid character was found in the input file.
New-line in middle of terminal name
The trailing comma was probably left off the list of names.
A comma was missing.
Missing numeric value
The number was missing after a numeric capability.
NULL string value
The proper way to say that a string capability does not exist is
to cancel it.
Very long string found. Missing comma?
A comma was anticipated but not found.
Unknown option. Usage is:
An invalid option was entered.
Too many file names. Usage is:
``...'' nonexistent or permission denied
The given directory could not be written into.
``...'' is not a directory
``...'': Permission denied
``...'': Not a directory
wanted to use the given name as a directory, but it already
exists as a file
SYSTEM ERROR!! Fork failed!!!
A fork(S) failed.
Error in following up use-links. Either there is a loop in the
links or they reference nonexistent terminals. The following is a
list of the entries involved:
A terminfo entry with a ``use=name'' capability
either referenced a nonexistent terminal called name or
name somehow referred back to the given entry.
Total compiled entries cannot exceed 4096 bytes. The name field
cannot exceed 128 bytes.
Terminal names exceeding 14 characters will be truncated to 14
characters and a warning message will be printed.
When the -c option is used, duplicate terminal names will
not be diagnosed; however, when -c is not used, they will
To allow existing executables from the previous release of the
system to continue to run with the compiled terminfo
entries created by the new terminfo compiler, canceled
capabilities will not be marked as canceled within the
terminfo binary unless the entry name has a ``+''
within it. (Such terminal names are only used for inclusion within
other entries via a use= entry. Such names would not be
used for real terminal names.)
4415+nl, kf1@, kf2@, ...
The above example works as expected; the definitions for the keys do
not show up in the 4415-nl entry. However, if the entry
4415+nl did not have a plus sign within its name, the
cancellations would not be marked within the compiled file and the
definitions for the function keys would not be canceled within
4415+base, kf1=\EOc, kf2=\EOd, ...
4415-nl|4415 terminal without keys,
compiled terminal description database
tic is conformant with:
AT&T SVID Issue 2.
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