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Manual Reference Pages  -  MFBCAP (5)


mfbcap - graphics terminal capability data base


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MFBCAP is a data base describing graphics terminals, used, e.g., by kic(1) and mfb(3). Terminals are described in MFBCAP by defining a set of capabilities that they have, and by describing how operations are performed. Output delays and initialization sequences are also included in MFBCAP.

Entries in MFBCAP consist of a set of comma (,) separated fields. Entries may continue onto multiple lines by beginning a continuation line with either a tab or space character. The first entry for each terminal gives the names by which the terminal is known, separated by vertical bar (|) characters. The first name is always 2 characters long, the second name given is the most common abbreviation for the terminal, and the last name given should be a long name fully identifying the terminal. The second name should contain no blanks; the last name may contain blanks for readability. For compatability with other operating systems, it is recommended that the device names use all UPPER CASE LETTERS.


The Parms column indicates which of the four possible parameters are used in the encoding/decoding of string variable. Upper case letters signify that the parameter value is passed to the mfb(3) routine, and lower case letters identify values that are returned.

Name   Type     Parms Description
8BB    boolean        transmit in 8 Bit Binary using LITOUT
ALUEOR string         set ALU writing mode to Exclusive OR
ALUJAM string         set ALU writing mode to JAM (replace mode)
ALUNOR string         set ALU writing mode to NOR
ALUOR  string         set ALU writing mode to OR
APT    boolean        Accurately Positionable Text
BELL   string         ring the terminals BELL
BLD    boolean        BLinkers Definable
BLE    string         BLinkers End

BLS    string   XYZT  BLinkers Start
                      X = off color ID
                      Y = red/hue intensity when blinked
                      Z = green/lightness intensity when blinked
                      T = blue/saturation intensity when blinked
BU1    numeric        value returned by BUtton 1 of pointing device
BU2    numeric        value returned by BUtton 2 of pointing device
BU3    numeric        value returned by BUtton 3 of pointing device
BU4    numeric        value returned by BUtton 4 of pointing device
BU5    numeric        value returned by BUtton 5 of pointing device
BU6    numeric        value returned by BUtton 6 of pointing device
BU7    numeric        value returned by BUtton 7 of pointing device
BU8    numeric        value returned by BUtton 8 of pointing device
BU9    numeric        value returned by BUtton 9 of pointing device
BU10   numeric        value returned by BUtton 10 of pointing device
BU11   numeric        value returned by BUtton 11 of pointing device
BU12   numeric        value returned by BUtton 12 of pointing device

DBS    string   XYZT  Draw Box Sequence
                      X = lower left
                      Y = lower bottom
                      Z = upper right
                      T = upper top

DCS    string   XYZ   Draw Circle Sequence
                      X = center x coordinate
                      Y = center y coordinate
                      Z = radius of circle
DFP    boolean        Definable Fill Patterns
DLP    boolean        Definable Line Patterns

DLS    string   XYZT  Draw Line Sequence
                      X,Y = start coordinate
                      Z,T = end coordinate

DLT    string   XY    Draw Line To (x,y) sequence
                      X,Y = next current graphics position

DSL    string   XYZT  Draw Solid Line sequence
                      X,Y = start coordinate
                      Z,T = end coordinate

DSLT   string   XY    Draw Solid Line To (x,y) sequence
                      X,Y = next current graphics position

DSB    string   XYZT  Draw Solid Box sequence
                      X = lower left
                      Y = lower bottom
                      Z = upper right
                      T = upper top

FDE    string   X     Fill pattern Define End
                      X = style ID

FDF    string   XY    Fill pattern Define Format
                      X = style ID
                      Y = one 8 bit row/col of the fill pattern array
FDH    numeric        Fill pattern Define Height in rows
FDR    boolean        Fill pattern Define Row major

FDS    string   X     Fill pattern Define Start
                      X = style ID
FDW    numeric        Fill pattern Define Width in columns
FPOLY  boolean        terminal is capable of Filled POLYgons
GCH    numeric        Graphics Character Height
GCS    string         Graphics Clear Screen (in current color)
GCW    numeric        Graphics Character Width
GFS    string         Graphics Finish String
GIS    string         Graphics Initialization String
GTE    string         Graphics Text End
GTH    numeric        Graphics Text Height offset
GTO    boolean        Graphics Text Overstrikes old text
GTR    boolean        Graphics Text Replaces old text

GTS    string   XYZ   Graphics Text Start
                      X,Y = lower left coordinate of text string
                      Z = number of characters in text string
GTW    numeric        Graphics Text Width offset
HLS    boolean        convert RGB color definitions to HLS
ICS    string         Initialize predefined Color Styles
IFP    string         Initialize predefined Fill Patterns
ILS    string         Initialize predefined Line Styles
KYB    string         KeYboard Backspace sequence
KYBRD  boolean        Terminal has a KeYBoaRD
KYE    string         KeYboard End sequence

KYS    string   XY    KeYboard Start sequence
                      X,Y = lower left coordinate of keyboard window
KYX    numeric        KeYboard X offset
KYY    numeric        KeYboard Y offset

LDE    string   X     Line Define End
                      X = style ID

LDF    string   XY    Line Define Format
                      X = style ID
                      Y = 8 bit fill pattern
LDL    numeric        Line Define Length (in bytes)

LDS    string   X     Line Define Start
                      X = style ID
MCE    string         device behaves like the following MfbCap Entry
MCL    numeric        Maximum number of Colors
MFP    numeric        Maximum number of Fill Patterns
MLS    numeric        Maximum number of Line Styles

MPS    string   XY    Move Pen Sequence
                      X,Y = coordinate to move graphics cursor
MXC    numeric        Maximum X Coordinate
MYC    numeric        Maximum Y Coordinate
NBL    numeric        Number of BLinkers
NPB    numeric        Number of Pointing device Buttons
OFFDX  numeric        length of OFF screen memory in X Direction
OFFDY  numeric        length of OFF screen memory in Y Direction
OFFMX  numeric        minimum X coodinate of OFF screen Memory
OFFMY  numeric        minimum Y coodinate of OFF screen Memory
OMO    string         Overstrike text Mode On sequence
PDB    boolean        Pointing Device has Buttons
PDE    string         Pointing Device End

PDF    string   xyzt  Pointing Device coordinate Format
                      x,y = input coordinate
                      z = key pushed
                      t = button mask
PDR    string         Pointing Device initiate Read
PDS    string         Pointing Device Start

PLE    string   XY    PoLygon End sequence
                      X,Y = first coordinate in the polygon sequence

PLS    string   XYZ   PoLygon Start sequence
                      X,Y = first of Z coordinates
                      Z = number of coordinates

PLSOL  string   XYZ   PoLygon start sequence for SOLid fill
                      X,Y = first of Z coordinates
                      Z = number of coordinates

PLV    string   XY    send PoLygon Vertex sequence
                      X,Y = next coordinate in the polygon sequence
POD    boolean        terminal has POinting Device
PRBOFF string         disable Pointing device Rubber Banding
PRBON  string         enable Pointing device Rubber Banding
PRI    boolean        Pointing Read Immediately returns coordinates
RAW    boolean        drive device in RAW mode
RLS    boolean        Reissue Line Style before each line
RMO    string         Replace text Mode On sequence
ROT    boolean        ROTatable graphics text

RTS    string   X     Rotate Text Sequence
                      X = angle of rotation in degrees (-360 <= X <= 360)
RSCPE  string         RaSter CoPy End sequence
RSCPS  string         RaSter CoPy Start sequence
RSCSF  boolean        transmit RaSter Copy Source coordinate First

RSDST  string   XYZT  RaSter copy DeSTination sequence
                      X,Y = destination coordinate
                      Z,T = length,width of area to be copied

RSSRC  string   XYZT  RaSter copy SouRCe sequence
                      X,Y = source coordinate
                      Z,T = length,width of area to be copied

SCS    string   X     Set Color Style
                      X = new color ID

SFP    string   X     Set Fill Pattern
                      X = new fill pattern ID

SLS    string   X     Set Line Style
                      X = new line style ID

SRM    string   X     Set video Read Mask
                      X = channel read mask

SSFP   string   X     Set Solid Fill Pattern
                      X = new fill pattern ID

SSLS   string   X     Set Solid Line Style
                      X = new line style ID
TTY    boolean        device is a TTY
VLT    boolean        Video Lookup Table present

VTE    string   XYZT  Video Table Entry
                      X = color ID of new entry
                      Y = red/hue intensity
                      Z = green/lightness intensity
                      T = blue/saturation intensity
VTI    numeric        Video Table maximum Intensity
VTL    numeric        VLT Length expressed as number of bit planes

VWM    string   X     Video Write Mask
                      X = channel write mask

WPX    string   XY    Write PiXel at coordinate XY

A Sample Entry

The following entry describes the HP 2648. (This particular 2648 entry may be outdated, and is used as an example only.)

# HP2648 with keyboard cursor control
h0|H0|2648|HP2648|HP2648A|Hewlett-Packard 2648A,
       TTY, APT, MXC#719, MYC#359, MCL#2, MFP#8, MLS#2,
       GTO, DFP, DLP,
       DLT=\E*pf%X%d\,%Y%dZ, RLS,
       LDL#1, LDF=\E*m%Y%d 1C,
       GCS=\E*d%X%+A%c$<#500>, GCH#11, GCW#7,
       GTE=\E*dT, GTH#1, GTW#1,
       KYBRD, KYB=^H,
       KYE=\E*dT, KYX#1, KYY#1,
       FDH#8, FDW#8, FDR, FDF= %Y%3,
       POD, PDR=\E*s4\^\021, PDS=\E*dK,
       PRBON=\E*dM, PRBOFF=\E*dN,
       PDF=\+%d\,%X\+%d\,%Y%3%Z%c, PDE=\021\E*dL,

Capabilities in MFBCAP are of three types: Boolean capabilities which indicate that the terminal has some particular feature, numeric capabilities giving the size of the terminal, and string capabilities which give a sequence that can be used to perform particular terminal operations.

Types of Capabilities

All capabilities have an identifying code. For instance, because the HP2648 has “accurately positionable text” ( i.e., graphics text may be positioned with lower left corner at any pixel on the screen ) is indicated by the boolean APT. Hence the description of the HP2648 includes APT. Numeric capabilities are followed by the character ‘#’ and then the value. Thus MXC which specifies the maximum value of the X coordinate on the terminal viewport gives the value ‘719’ for the HP2648.

Formatting String Capabilities

String variables have a formatting capability to be used for encoding numbers into ASCII strings and decoding ASCII strings into numbers. An example of the former is the capability DBS ( for Draw Box Sequence ), which takes four numbers (X, Y, Z, and T) and generates the proper sequence to draw a box from the lower left corner (X,Y) to the upper right corner (Z,T). An example of a string decode is the capability PDF ( for Pointing Device Format ), which takes an ASCII string from the input stream and extracts from it an x and y coordinate, a key (if one was pushed) and a buttonmask (if a cursor button was pushed).

String Formatting

The string variables have a formatting capability which uses four variables (X, Y, Z, and T) to generate a formated string (with MFBGenCode), or generates four variables (X, Y, Z, and T) from a formated string (with MFBDecode). Two temporary registers represented by the letters R and r are available. All operations begin with a percent sign ‘%’, and they are listed below:

Com   Command Description encode/(decode)
%X    set value/(X variable) to the X variable/(value).
%Y    set value/(Y variable) to the Y variable/(value).
%Z    set value/(Z variable) to the Z variable/(value).
%T    set value/(T variable) to the T variable/(value).
%C    set value to the current foreground color ID.
%F    set value to the current fill pattern ID.
%L    set value to the current line style ID.
%d    output/(input) value in variable length decimal format
%2    output/(input) value converting to/(from) two decimal digits.
%3    output/(input) value converting to/(from) three decimal digits.
%c    output/(input) least significant byte of value
%h1   output/(input) least significant four bits
      converting to/(from) one ASCII hex character.
%h2   output/(input) least significant byte
      converting to/(from) two ASCII hex characters.
%h3   output/(input) least significant twelve bits
      converting to/(from) three ASCII hex characters.
%h4   output/(input) least significant sixteen bits
      converting to/(from) four ASCII hex characters.
%o1   output/(input) least significant three bits
      converting to/(from) one ASCII octal character.
%o2   output/(input) least significant six bits
      converting to/(from) two ASCII octal characters.
%o3   output/(input) least significant nine bits
      converting to/(from) three ASCII octal characters.
%o4   output/(input) least significant twelve bits
      converting to/(from) four ASCII octal characters.
%o5   output/(input) least significant fifteen bits
      converting to/(from) five ASCII octal characters.
%o6   output/(input) least significant sixteen bits
      converting to/(from) six ASCII octal characters.
%t1   output/(input) X and Y in Tektronix format.
%t2   output/(input) Z and T in Tektronix format.
%t3   output X and R in Tektronix format (MFBGenCode only).
%t4   output R and Y in Tektronix format (MFBGenCode only).
%t5   output R and r in Tektronix format (MFBGenCode only).
%ti   output/(input) value in Tektronix integer format.
%tr   output value in Tektronix real format.
%R    store/(retrieve) value in temporary register 1.
%r    store/(retrieve) value in temporary register 2.
%+x   add x to value.
%-x   subtract x from value.
%*x   multiply value by x.
%/x   divide value by x.
%>>x  shift value right by x bits.
%<<x  shift value left by x bits.
%|x   OR x with value.
%&x   AND x with value.
%^x   EOR x with value.
%=x   set value equal to x.
%ax   set value equal to the absolute value of x.
%~    Complement value ( 1’s complement ).
%@    output a single null character (MFBGenCode only).
%%    gives ‘%‘.
%B    BCD (2 decimal digits encoded in one byte).
%D    Delta Data (backwards bcd).

      Where x can be:

(1)   One byte - the numeric value of this byte is used as x.

(2)   The character "#" followed by a decimal integer value for x.

(3)   The character "%" followed by C, F, L, X, Y, Z, T, r, or R - the       value of C, F, L, X, Y, Z, T, r or R is used.

The command formats are similar to those found in termcap(5) or terminfo(5), but are more complicated due to the more rigorous requirements of graphics terminals.

Preparing Descriptions

We now outline how to prepare MFBCAP descriptions of graphics terminals. The most effective way to prepare a terminal description is to build up a description gradually, using partial descriptions with simple mfb(3) test routines to check that they are correct. Be aware that a very unusual terminal may expose deficiencies in the ability of the MFBCAP file to describe it. To easily test a new terminal description you can set the environment variable MFBCAP to a pathname of a file containing the description you are working on. After setting the environment variable, any program that uses mfb(3), e.g., kic, will look at the pathname defined by the environment variable instead of ~cad/lib/mfbcap.


Delays may be embedded anywhere in a string capability and is distinguished by the $< and > brackets. The number contained within these brackets describes the delay in milliseconds to be generated and must conform to the above description for the variable ’x’ ( e.g., an integer constant must be preceded by the character "#"). Before each delay, the output buffer is flushed.

Basic Capabilities

The number of pixels on a horizontal row of the display is given by the MXC numeric capability, and the number of pixels in a vertical column is given by the MXY capability. The number of colors available on the display is specified by the MCL capability. For black and white terminals, such as the HP2648, the MCL capability is defined as two. The maximum number of stipple fill patterns and line styles is given by the MFP and MLS numeric capabilities respectively.

Off screen memory refers to an area of the viewport in pixel coordinates which is not displayed. The lower, left corner of the off screen memory is specified by the OFFMX and OFFMY numeric capabilities. The horizontal length of the off screen memory is specified by the OFFDX numeric capability, and the vertical width of the off screen memory is specified by the OFFDY numeric capability.

MFBCAP allows two sequences for initializing and uninitializing the terminal. The first initialization string sent to the terminal is given by the GIS format string. This will be the first sequence sent to the graphics device. The graphics finish/termination string is given by the GFS format string. This will be the last sequence sent to the graphics device.

The initialization character sequences for color styles, fill styles, and line styles are defined respectively by the ICS, IFP, and ILS format strings.

The sequence to ring the terminals bell or alarm is defined by the BELL string and defaults to control-G.

Setting Colors and Styles

The character sequence for setting the current foreground color is defined by the SCS format string. All subsequent geometries will be drawn in this color. The format for setting the current line style is given by the SLS format string, and the format for setting the current fill style is given by the SFP format string. All subsequent lines, boxes, and polygons will be drawn with these styles. MFBCAP assumes that style zero defines a solid line and fill pattern. If this is not the case for a particular frame buffer, or the format for setting a solid line or fill style is inconsistent with that for other line styles, such as is the case for the HP9872, a character sequence for setting the solid line or fill style is defined by the SSLS and SSFP format strings respectively. If it is necessary for the current line style to be reissued before a line is drawn (as is the case for the HP 2648), then the RLS boolean must be present in the MFBCAP entry.

Basic Geometries

The character sequence for moving the current graphics position to a x,y pixel coordinate is defined by the MPS format string. The format for drawing a line in the current line style from the current graphics position to a x,y pixel coordinate is defined by the DLT format string. The character sequence to draw a line in the current line style from a x,y pixel coordinate to a z,t pixel coordinate is defined by the DLS format string. If the command for drawing a solid line is different from that for a non-solid line, the character sequence to draw a solid line from a x,y pixel coordinate to a z,t pixel coordinate may be defined by the DSL string capability. The format for drawing a solid line from the current graphics position to a x,y pixel coordinate is defined by the DSLT format string.

The sequence for drawing a box in the current foreground color from the lower left x,y pixel coordinate to the upper right z,t pixel coordinate is specified by the DBS format string. Because some terminals, such as the Tektronix 4113, have special raster commands for drawing solid boxes, a format for drawing solid boxes may be specified by the DSB format string.

The format for setting a pixel in the current color at the x,y pixel coordinate is defined by the WPX format string.

The format for drawing a circle with its center at the x,y pixel coordinate and having a radius of z pixels is defined by the DCS format string.

The format for clearing the entire screen to the current color is given by the GCS format string. If there is no such command sequence, it may be substituted by the command sequence that will write a solid box in the current color over the entire screen.

There are three format strings for defining the terminal’s polygon command sequence. First the PLS starting sequence is used to define x,y as the first of z pixel coordinates. This character sequence will be followed by z-1 occurrences of the PLV format string which defines the remaining vertices of the polygonal path. Finally, an ending sequence that is defined by the PLE format string terminates the polygon sequence. For terminals which have inconsistent formats for drawing solid polygons, the PLSOL sequence may be used in place of the PLS sequence. If the terminal is capable of drawing a filled polygon in the current fill pattern, then the FPOLY boolean should appear in the MFBCAP entry.

Video Layer Table

If the terminal has a video layer table, then the VLT boolean must be present in the MFBCAP entry. MFBCAP assumes that the VLT uses the red-green-blue system for defining colors. If the HLS boolean capability is specified, then the RGB arguments become HLS (hue-lightness-saturation) values. The maximum intensity of red, green, or blue in the VLT (or the lightness or saturation if using the HLS system) is given by the VTI numeric capability. The format for setting a particular entry of the VLT is given by the VTE format string. The VTL numeric value can be used to define the length of the VLT in terms of the number of bit planes.

Defining Styles

The LDS string capability defines the sequence for (re)defining a line style corresponding to a particular style ID. The LDF format string is used to define an eight bit mask that represents the new line style. The LDE format string terminates the definition of the new line style.

The definition of a new fill pattern is more complicated than is the case for line styles. It is necessary to transform an eight by eight intensity array into whatever command syntax is required by the terminal. The FDS string capability is used to begin the (re)definition of a fill pattern. The FDF format string defines one row or column of the fill pattern using an eight bit mask (one row of the eight by eight intensity array). If the FDR boolean is present, then it is assumed that the fill pattern is being defined by rows in which case the FDF sequence is sent by the number of times defined by the FDH numeric capability. Otherwise, it is assumed that the fill pattern is defined by columns, and the FDF sequence is sent by the number of times defined by the FDW numeric capability. If, for example, the number of rows in the fill pattern is ten, the FDF sequence is first transmitted using each of the eight rows of the initial eight by eight intensity array, and then the sequence is sent twice using the first and second rows of the initial intensity array. The FDE format string terminates the definition of the new fill pattern.

Raster Capabilities

There are four format strings for defining the terminal’s raster copy command sequence. First the RSCPS starting sequence is used to begin the raster copy command. This character sequence will be followed the RSSRC format string which defines the lower, left coordinate and length and width of the source area and the RSDST format string which defines the lower left coordinate and the length and width of the destination area. The RSSRC sequence appears first only if the RSCSF boolean is defined. Finally, an ending sequence that is defined by the RSCPE format string terminates the raster copy sequence.

Graphic Text

MFBCAP supports a single font graphic text. The height and width of the text font are given respectively by the GCH and GCW numeric capabilities. Graphics text is displayed with three format strings. A text string with z characters with a lower left justification at the x,y pixel coordinate is begun with the format string defined by GTS. This will be followed by the transmission of the z characters and terminated by the format string defined by GTE. The graphic text can offset from the current graphics position by setting the numeric capabilities GTH and GTW. The following figure demonstrates the assumed character font for the two characters "gh". The character "0" marks a pixel in the character font, and the character "X" marks the x,y pixel coordinate to which the two characters where justified. Note that the GCH, GCW, GTH, and GTW numeric capabilities must always be non-negative integers.

               _  ......     0.....
               |  .    .     0    .
               |  .    .     0    .
               |  .0000.     0000 .
               |  0    0     0   0.
               |  0    0     0    0
           _  GCH 0    0     0    0
           |   |  X00000     0    0
           |   |  .    0     .    .
          GTH   |  .    0     .    .
           |   |  0    0     .    .
           |   |  .0000.     ......
           -   -
                  |-GCW- |-GTW- |

If the terminal supports rotatable graphic text, then the ROT boolean is present in the MFBCAP entry. If rotated text is desired the RTS character sequence is issued prior to the the GTS sequence and defines a rotation of x degrees, where x is between -360 and 360.

MFBCAP supports two graphic text modes. If the graphic text can be destructive, then the GTR boolean is present in the MFBCAP entry, and the RMO format string specifies the character sequence for entering the destructive graphic text mode. If the terminal has graphic text that can overstrike, then the GTO boolean is present in the MFBCAP entry, and the OMO format string defines the character sequence for entering the overstriking graphic text mode.

Keyboard Control

For terminals with special keyboard/cursor operations, MFBCAP provides a set of string capabilities for controlling keyboard input. The keyboard is initialized, and the current graphics position is moved to the x,y pixel coordinate by the KYS format string. The current graphics position can be offset upward from the above x,y pixel coordinate by setting values to the KYX and KYY numeric capabilities. The keyboard backspace sequence is defined by the KYB format string (the is NO default for the backspace format string). The keyboard is uninitialized by the KYE format string.

If the terminal does not have the above capabilities, a keyboard input routine, such as that used in mfb(3), can use the terminals graphic text capabilities to echo keyboard characters on a command line.

Pointing Device.

If the terminal has a pointing device, then the POD boolean is present in the MFBCAP entry. If the pointing device has buttons, then the PDB boolean is set, the number of buttons is given by the NPB numeric capability, and the values returned by the respective buttons of the pointing device are defined by the BU1 through BU12 numeric capabilities.

The graphics pointing device is initialized with the PDS format string. The PDR format string places the terminal in a waiting mode until the first graphic input. When this event occurs, the locator event is decoded by the PDF format string. The graphic pointing device is uninitialized by the PDE format string.

If the PRI boolean is set, one character is read immediately after the pointing device initialization sequence PDS and before the pointing device is enabled by PDR. This is useful for terminals that have a cursor and can read its current position but do not have the capability of a graphic event ( i.e., an x,y pixel coordinate that is read immediately after a key or button is pushed on the terminal).

The pointing device encoding format string PDF must assume that the pointing device will send one signature character. After the pointing is activated by the PDR format string, the first character transmitted from the terminal must be identical to the first character of the PDF format string. If the characters do not match, then the MFBDecode routine used by mfb(3) will return the first character that was transmitted by the terminal.

The PRBON string capability defines the character sequence to enable rubber banding of the pointing device, and PRBOFF disables the rubber banding. MFBCAP assumes that the center of rubber banding is the current graphics position that can be defined by the MPS format string defined above.

Special Modes

If the graphics device is to be handled as a TTY, then the TTY boolean must be present in the MFBCAP entry. If the graphics encoding can produce 8 bit, nonASCII characters, then the 8BB boolean must be included. If the graphics device is a TTY and is to be driven in a RAW mode, then the RAW boolean must be included. See the manual for tty(4). Typically, this mode is used only if the device has no keyboard.

MFBCAP supports four ALU writing modes. These are the modes in which a pixel is updated when written over. The four possible modes are JAM (replace mode), OR, EOR, and NOR. The sequences for setting these modes are ALUJAM, ALUOR, ALUEOR, and ALUNOR respectively.

Similar Terminals

If there are two very similar terminals, one can be defined as being like the other but with certain exceptions. The string capability MCE is given with the name of the similar terminal. The MCE must be the last capability defined in the entry, and the combined length of the two entries must not exceed 4096 characters. Because mfb routines scan the entry from left to right, and because the MCE entry is replaced by the corresponding entry, the capabilities given on the left override identical capabilities defined for the similar terminal. This is useful for defining different modes for a terminal, or for defining terminals with different peripherals.


~cad/lib/mfbcap  file containing terminal descriptions


termcap(5), mfb(3), kic(CAD1)


Giles Billingsley


The total length of a single entry (excluding only escaped new lines) may not exceed 8192.

There is a restriction that allows a simple parser to be used for the MFBCAP file. The delimiter is assumed to be a comma that is not immediately preceded by a slash (\) character. String capabilities that terminate with a slash character (as is the case for the vt125) must therefore separate the delimiting comma and the slash character with a padding character.

Not all programs support all entries. There are entries that may not be used by any program.

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