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ticterminfo compiler


tic [-acSsx] [-o file] source [term1 term2 ...]


The tic utility compiles terminfo(5) source into a database for use by other programs. The created database path name is the same as the source but with .cdb appended.

The following options are available:

Do not discard commented out capabilities.
Only check for errors, don't write the final database.
-o file
Write the database to file instead of source.cdb.
For term1, term2, ... output a C structure containing name, compiled description, and compiled size. This can be used to embed terminal descriptions into a program.
Display the number of terminal descriptions written to the database.
Include non standard capabilities defined in the source.

Extensions To Terminfo

When tic discovers a use=term capability, the terminal description for term is merged in. Capabilities do not overwrite previously disovered ones and capabilities ending with @ are marked as absent so the terminal does not inherit the capability from used terminals.


The tic utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


To maintain your private terminfo definitions, if the system supplied ones do not support your terminal:

tic ~/.terminfo


The tic utility works with terminfo files that conform to the X/Open Curses Issue 4, Version 2 (“XCURSES4.2”) standard.


Roy Marples <>
June 3, 2012 NetBSD 7.0