SUMMARY - Termcap definition for Hpterm

From: Dean L. Eich (
Date: Tue Apr 07 1998 - 05:30:17 CDT

Thanks to all that replied!

The Solution I used was from the
HP-UX/Sun Interoperability Cookbook

3.4.4 Setting the Correct Terminal Type

Setting the correct terminal type involves two main issues: terminal
emulation and keypad mapping. Terminal Emulation

When there are problems with terminal emulation, the problems are
usually caused by vendors using proprietary emulators such as Sun's
commandtool or HP's hpterm. For example, when you remotely log into an
HP-UX system using a commandtool window, the sun-cmd terminal
type is unrecognized on the HP system.

A simple solution to this problem is to specify a terminal type of sun1
on the HP-UX system. Add the following lines to the HP-specific portion
the login script:

   if [ "$TERM" = "sun-cmd" ]; then
     export TERM=sun1

A more permanent solution to the problem is to add the correct sun-cmd
entry into the terminfo database.

First, use infocmp on the SunOS 4.1.x system to retrieve a copy of the
sun-cmd description from the terminfo database:

   sun% /usr/5bin/infocmp sun-cmd >

NOTE: Even though SunOS 4.1.x systems use the termcap database for
terminal definitions, terminfo information is available on the system.

Then, copy the file to the HP system and load the file into
the terminfo database:

   hp% tic

This command creates a sun-cmd terminfo entry in the file
/usr/lib/terminfo/s/sun-cmd. This file then can be copied to other HP-UX
systems. You
may copy terminfo data files only between identical systems. You may not
copy a file from an HP-UX system to a Sun system.

Conversely, HP-UX users using an hpterm will find that their hpterm is
not defined on SunOS 4.1.x or Solaris 2.x systems.

Once again the simple solution is to specify a terminal type of hp:

   sun% export TERM=hp

To create a valid entry on both SunOS 4.1.x and Solaris 2.x systems,
retrieve a copy of the terminfo definition using the untic command:

   hp% untic hpterm >

Copy this file to the SunOS 4.1.x or Solaris 2.x system and issue the
following command:

   sun% /usr/bin/tic

This command will compile the terminfo file and store the results in

On Solaris 2.x systems, you need take no further action.

On SunOS 4.1.x systems, there is one more step:

   sunos% /usr/5bin/infocmp -C hpterm >> /etc/termcap

This command will append a valid termcap entry for hpterm to

One additional step on HP-UX 9.x is setting the LINES and COLUMNS
environment variables. These variables must be set in order for window
resizing to work properly:

   if [ -z "$LINES" ]
       export LINES=`tput lines`
   if [ -z "$COLUMNS" ]
       export COLUMNS=`tput cols`

The tput command queries the terminfo database and retrieves the
appropriate value.

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