toe - table of (terminfo) entries
toe [-v[n]] [-ahsuUV] file...
With no options, toe lists all available terminal types by primary name with descriptions. File arguments specify the directories to be scanned; if no such arguments are given, your default terminfo directory is scanned. If you also specify the -h option, a directory header will be issued as each directory is entered.
There are other options intended for use by terminfo file maintainers:
- report on all of the terminal databases which ncurses would search, rather than only the first one that it finds.
- If the -s is also given, toe adds a column to the report, showing (like conflict(1)) which entries which belong to a given terminal database. An "*" marks entries which differ, and "+" marks equivalent entries.
- Without the -s option, toe does not attempt to merge duplicates in its report
- sort the output by the entry names.
- -u file
- says to write a report to the standard output, listing dependencies in the given terminfo/termcap source file. The report condenses the “use” relation: each line consists of the primary name of a terminal that has use capabilities, followed by a colon, followed by the whitespace-separated primary names of all terminals which occur in those use capabilities, followed by a newline
- -U file
- says to write a report to the standard output, listing reverse dependencies in the given terminfo/termcap source file. The report reverses the “use” relation: each line consists of the primary name of a terminal that occurs in use capabilities, followed by a colon, followed by the whitespace-separated primary names of all terminals which depend on it, followed by a newline.
- specifies that (verbose) output be written to standard error, showing toe's progress.
- The optional parameter n is a number from 1 to 10, interpreted as for tic(1M). If ncurses is built without tracing support, the optional parameter is ignored.
- reports the version of ncurses which was used in this program, and exits.
Without sorting, the -a option reports all of the names found in all of the terminal databases found by the TERMINFO and TERMINFO_DIRS environment variables:
MtxOrb162 16x2 Matrix Orbital LCD display MtxOrb204 20x4 Matrix Orbital LCD display MtxOrb Generic Matrix Orbital LCD display qvt101+ qume qvt 101 PLUS product qvt119+-25 QVT 119 PLUS with 25 data lines qansi-g QNX ANSI qvt103 qume qvt 103 qnxw QNX4 windows qansi-w QNX ansi for windows qnxm QNX4 with mouse events qvt203-25-w QVT 203 PLUS with 25 by 132 columns qansi-t QNX ansi without console writes . . .
Use the -a and -s options together to show where each terminal description was found:
--> /usr/local/ncurses/share/terminfo ----> /usr/share/terminfo *-+-: 9term Plan9 terminal emulator for X *---: Eterm Eterm with xterm-style color support (X Window System) *-*-: Eterm-256color Eterm with xterm 256-colors *-*-: Eterm-88color Eterm with 88 colors *-+-: MtxOrb Generic Matrix Orbital LCD display *-+-: MtxOrb162 16x2 Matrix Orbital LCD display *-+-: MtxOrb204 20x4 Matrix Orbital LCD display *-*-: NCR260VT300WPP NCR 2900_260 vt300 wide mode pc+ kybd *-+-: aaa ann arbor ambassador/30 lines *-+-: aaa+dec ann arbor ambassador in dec vt100 mode *-+-: aaa+rv ann arbor ambassador in reverse video . . .
- Compiled terminal description database.
This utility is not provided by other implementations. There is no relevant X/Open or POSIX standard for toe.
The program name refers to a developer's pun:
- tac (now tack),
It replaced a -T option which was briefly supported by the ncurses infocmp utility in 1995.
The -a and -s options were added to toe several years later (2006 and 2011, respectively).
captoinfo(1M), infocmp(1M), infotocap(1M), tic(1M), curses(3X), terminfo(5).
This describes ncurses version 6.4 (patch 20221231).