From: Ronan Cunniffe (rcunniff at domain wilde.cs.tcd.ie)
Date: Thu 25 Oct 2001 - 20:13:34 IST
On Thu, 25 Oct 2001, John P. Looney wrote:
> What is the termcap file used for these days ?
I'm not being very scientific or investigative here, but I'm noting that
the terminfo db lives in /usr/share or suchlike, which terra non-firma
as far as everything in /bin and /sbin is concerned.
Unless someone else knows better, I offer that everything in /bin or /sbin
that runs before/outside a shell uses it directly (init and getty come
prominently to mind here), and everything else relies on the shells, which
also use it directly.
I could be wrong though, because (in the case of Linux)
a) you know the console type at compile time, and
b) none of the proggies I've mentioned link to /lib/libtermcap.
I could pull the termcap file for fun and see what happens, but not until
I work how I'm going to get back into the system afterwards....
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