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# $EPIC: getcap.txt,v 1.3 2006/12/13 11:07:38 sthalik Exp $


$getcap(TERM <capname> <nametype> <mangle>)


  • The first argument must be a capability type; currently only “TERM” is supported.
  • If the <capname> argument is omitted, the empty string is returned.
  • If the <nametype> argument is omitted, the name type is taken as 0.
  • If the <mangle> argument is omitted, the mangle value is taken as 1.
  • This function queries a capability database (currently only TERMinal capabilities are supported) for a given symbol (<capname>), the symbol is of a given type (<nametype>) and returns it.
  • The return value will be converted from a raw binary format into something that may be passed to /bind if <mangle> is 1.
  • Values of <nametype>: 0 - <capname> is a full blown terminfo capability name
    • 1 - <capname> is an abbreviated “terminfo” capability name
    • 2 - <capname> is an abbreviated “termcap” capability name
  • Values of <mangle>:
    • 0 - The return value should not be modified [dangerous!]
    • 1 - Ascii characters 0 ⇐ x < 32 shall be converted into the string “^<x+64>” and ascii character 127 converted into “^?”.
  • Values of <capname>:
    • See your system's 'man terminfo' man page for a list.


If you need to query a terminal capability so you can output it to the screen via /xecho -r, you could use this function to fetch the capability. You could fetch a key capability (ie, key_f10) to bind a certain key, but the /bind command already has a shortcut for that (/bind -symbolic key_f10). The /bind -symbolic option uses the same underlying feature that this function does.


$getcap(TERM has_meta_key 0 0) returns 1 if your TERM has a meta key.


The terminal capability (if any) as requested.

getcap.txt · Last modified: 2007/02/02 23:17 by