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operating system (terminal capabilities) A Unix database
listing different types of terminal (or terminal emulation)
and the character strings to send to make the terminal
perform certain functions such as move the cursor up one
line or clear the screen.
Programs written using termcap can work on any terminal in the
database which supports the necessary functions. Typical
programs are text editors or file viewers like more. The
termcap routines look for an environment variable "TERM" to
determine which terminal the user is using.