Man Linux: Main Page and Category List


       vtprintcap - database of terminal printer control codes




       vtprintcap  is  a  simple  flat  file database containing a list of the
       names of various terminals and the codes those terminals use  to  start
       and  stop  an attached printer (media hard copy). This database is used
       by vtprint(1) and related programs.

       Each entry is composed of three lines.  The  first  line  is  a  comma-
       delimited list of names which may be used to reference this entry.  The
       second line the sequence of characters used by the terminal to turn  on
       an  attached hard copy device and redirect output to that device.   The
       third line contains the sequence of characters used to turn the  device
       off and restore normal output to the screen.

       An  entry  must have all three lines to be considered valid.  Currently
       no comment lines are permitted to exist between these lines: such lines
       would be interpreted as the printer control codes themselves!

       The rules for selecting a terminal name are simple: you must follow the
       same rules as for /etc/termcap(5)  names.   Terminal  names  should  be
       entered  in  /etc/vtprintcap  with  exactly  the  same  names as are in

       The control code strings in the second and third lines of an entry  are
       governed as follows: ANSI C style escapes for character constants (e.g.
       \n for newline) are permitted,  constant  strings  are  permitted,  and
       quotes  may be used to as delimiters in the string.  (This is useful if
       you wish you use a digit immediately following a  numeric  escape.  For
       example,  ESC-5  should be represented as \033"5" to avoid confusion in
       with \335.  In general, the rules outlined for ANSI  constant  escaping
       are enforced.

       Additionally,  /etc/vtprintcap  may  contain  comment  lines, which are
       indicated by placing a hash mark (#) in the first column of  the  line.
       Remember however that entries must not be broken up by comment lines!


       Here is a sample entry common to DEC vt100 and vt102 terminals:

              # Sample vtprintcap entry for vt100 & vt102 terminals
              vt100, vt102

       This  entry would be used whenever the user’s TERM environment variable
       was set to "vt102" or "vt100", using ESC [5i and ESC [4i as the printer
       control codes to turn a printer on and off, respectively.


       vtprintcap  is  part  of  the vtprint package, which can be obtained by
       anonymous ftp at in the  /pub/vtprint  directory.   Please
       read the INDEX and README files before downloading.

       If  you  do not have ftp availability, then you can request a uuencoded
       copy of vtprint be sent to you via e-mail from the author.  The  author
       is  also  willing  to make other arrangements as needed, within certain




       vtprintcap handling code currently could  get  confused  if  a  printer
       control  code  is  exactly  the  same  as  the  name  of a terminal, or
       contained the name of a terminal delimited by commas.  As this is  very
       unlikely to every occur, it shouldn’t be a problem.


       termcap(5) vtprint(1)