TSET(1)                 NetBSD General Commands Manual                 TSET(1)

NAME
     tset, reset -- terminal initialization

SYNOPSIS
     tset [-IQrs] [-] [-e ch] [-i ch] [-k ch] [-m mapping] [terminal]

     reset [-IQrs] [-] [-e ch] [-i ch] [-k ch] [-m mapping] [terminal]

DESCRIPTION
     tset initializes terminals.  tset first determines the type of terminal
     that you are using.  This determination is done as follows, using the
     first terminal type found.

              The terminal argument specified on the command line.
              The value of the TERM environmental variable.
              The terminal type associated with the standard error output
               device in the /etc/ttys file.
              The default terminal type, ``unknown''.

     If the terminal type was not specified on the command-line, the -m option
     mappings are then applied (see below for more information).  Then, if the
     terminal type begins with a question mark (``?''), the user is prompted
     for confirmation of the terminal type.  An empty response confirms the
     type, or, another type can be entered to specify a new type.  Once the
     terminal type has been determined, the termcap entry for the terminal is
     retrieved.  If no terminfo entry is found for the type, the user is
     prompted for another terminal type.

     Once the terminfo entry is retrieved, the window size, backspace, inter-
     rupt and line kill characters (among many other things) are set and the
     terminal and tab initialization strings are sent to the standard error
     output.  Finally, if the erase, interrupt and line kill characters have
     changed, or are not set to their default values, their values are dis-
     played to the standard error output.

     When invoked as reset, tset sets cooked and echo modes, turns off cbreak
     and raw modes, turns on newline translation and resets any unset special
     characters to their default values before doing the terminal initializa-
     tion described above.  This is useful after a program dies leaving a ter-
     minal in a abnormal state.  Note, you may have to type ``<LF>reset<LF>''
     (the line-feed character is normally control-J) to get the terminal to
     work, as carriage-return may no longer work in the abnormal state.  Also,
     the terminal will often not echo the command.

     The options are as follows:

     -     The terminal type is displayed to the standard output, and the ter-
           minal is not initialized in any way.

     -e    Set the erase character to ch.

     -I    Do not send the terminal or tab initialization strings to the ter-
           minal.

     -i    Set the interrupt character to ch.

     -k    Set the line kill character to ch.

     -m    Specify a mapping from a port type to a terminal.  See below for
           more information.

     -Q    Don't display any values for the erase, interrupt and line kill
           characters.

     -r    Print the terminal type to the standard error output.

     -s    Print the sequence of shell commands to initialize the environment
           variable TERM to the standard output.  See the section below on
           setting the environment for details.

     The arguments for the -e, -i and -k options may either be entered as
     actual characters or by using the ``hat'' notation, i.e. control-h may be
     specified as ``^H'' or ``^h''.

SETTING THE ENVIRONMENT
     It is often desirable to enter the terminal type and information about
     the terminal's capabilities into the shell's environment.  This is done
     using the -s option.

     When the -s option is specified, the commands to enter the information
     into the shell's environment are written to the standard output.  If the
     SHELL environmental variable ends in ``csh'', the commands are for the
     csh(1), otherwise, they are for sh(1).  Note, the csh(1) commands set and
     unset the shell variable ``noglob'', leaving it unset.  The following
     line in the .login or .profile files will initialize the environment cor-
     rectly:

           eval `tset -s options ... `

     To demonstrate a simple use of the -S option, the following lines in the
     .login file have an equivalent effect:

           set noglob
           set term=(`tset -S options ...`)
           setenv TERM $term[1]
           unset term
           unset noglob

TERMINAL TYPE MAPPING
     When the terminal is not hardwired into the system (or the current system
     information is incorrect) the terminal type derived from the /etc/ttys
     file or the TERM environmental variable is often something generic like
     ``network'', ``dialup'', or ``unknown''.  When tset is used in a startup
     script (.profile for sh(1) users or .login for csh(1) users) it is often
     desirable to provide information about the type of terminal used on such
     ports.  The purpose of the -m option is to ``map'' from some set of con-
     ditions to a terminal type, that is, to tell tset ``If I'm on this port
     at a particular speed, guess that I'm on that kind of terminal''.

     The argument to the -m option consists of an optional port type, an
     optional operator, an optional baud rate specification, an optional colon
     (``:'') character and a terminal type.  The port type is a string (delim-
     ited by either the operator or the colon character).  The operator may be
     any combination of: ``>'', ``<'', ``@'', and ``!''; ``>'' means greater
     than, ``<'' means less than, ``@'' means equal to and ``!'' inverts the
     sense of the test.  The baud rate is specified as a number and is com-
     pared with the speed of the standard error output (which should be the
     control terminal).  The terminal type is a string.

     If the terminal type is not specified on the command line, the -m map-
     pings are applied to the terminal type.  If the port type and baud rate
     match the mapping, the terminal type specified in the mapping replaces
     the current type.  If more than one mapping is specified, the first
     applicable mapping is used.

     For example, consider the following mapping: ``dialup>9600:vt100''.  The
     port type is ``dialup'', the operator is ``>'', the baud rate specifica-
     tion is ``9600'', and the terminal type is ``vt100''.  The result of this
     mapping is to specify that if the terminal type is ``dialup'', and the
     baud rate is greater than 9600 baud, a terminal type of ``vt100'' will be
     used.

     If no port type is specified, the terminal type will match any port type,
     for example, ``-m dialup:vt100 -m :?xterm'' will cause any dialup port,
     regardless of baud rate, to match the terminal type ``vt100'', and any
     non-dialup port type to match the terminal type ``?xterm''.  Note,
     because of the leading question mark, the user will be queried on a
     default port as to whether they are actually using an xterm terminal.

     No whitespace characters are permitted in the -m option argument.  Also,
     to avoid problems with metacharacters, it is suggested that the entire -m
     option argument be placed within single quote characters, and that csh(1)
     users insert a backslash character (``\'') before any exclamation marks
     (``!'').

ENVIRONMENT
     The tset command uses the SHELL and TERM environment variables.

FILES
     /etc/ttys                 system port name to terminal type mapping data-
                               base
     /usr/share/misc/terminfo  terminal capability database

SEE ALSO
     csh(1), sh(1), stty(1), tty(4), terminfo(5), ttys(5), environ(7)

HISTORY
     The tset command appeared in 3.0BSD.

COMPATIBILITY
     The -A, -E, -h, -u and -v options have been deleted from the tset util-
     ity.  None of them were documented in 4.3BSD and all are of limited util-
     ity at best.  The -a, -d and -p options are similarly not documented or
     useful, but were retained as they appear to be in widespread use.  It is
     strongly recommended that any usage of these three options be changed to
     use the -m option instead.  The -n option remains, but has no effect.  It
     is still permissible to specify the -e, -i and -k options without argu-
     ments, although it is strongly recommended that such usage be fixed to
     explicitly specify the character.

     Executing tset as reset no longer implies the -Q option.  Also, the
     interaction between the - option and the terminal argument in some his-
     toric implementations of tset has been removed.

     The -E and -S options have been removed as they only make sense for term-
     cap and tset now uses terminfo.  As such, the TERMCAP entry has been
     removed from -s.

     Finally, the tset implementation has been completely redone (as part of
     the addition to the system of a IEEE Std 1003.1-1988 (``POSIX.1'') com-
     pliant terminal interface) and will no longer compile on systems with
     older terminal interfaces.

NetBSD 6.0.1                  September 29, 2009                  NetBSD 6.0.1

You can also request any man page by name and (optionally) by section:

Command: 
Section: 
Architecture: 
Collection: 
 

Use the DEFAULT collection to view manual pages for third-party software.


©1994 Man-cgi 1.15, Panagiotis Christias <christia@softlab.ntua.gr>
©1996-2014 Modified for NetBSD by Kimmo Suominen