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       setterm [options]


       setterm  writes to standard output a character string that
       will invoke the specified  terminal  capabilities.   Where
       possible  terminfo is consulted to find the string to use.
       Some  options  however  (marked  "virtual  consoles  only"
       below)  do not correspond to a terminfo(5) capability.  In
       this case, if the terminal type is "con"  or  "linux"  the
       string  that  invokes the specified capabilities on the PC
       Minix virtual console driver is output.  Options that  are
       not implemented by the terminal are ignored.


       For boolean options (on or off), the default is on.

       For  conciseness,  an  8-color below is black, red, green,
       yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, or white.

       A 16-color is an 8-color, grey, or bright followed by red,
       green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, or white.

       The  various  color  options  may be set independently, at
       least at virtual consoles, though the results  of  setting
       multiple  modes (for example, -underline and -half-bright)
       are hardware-dependent.

       -term terminal_name
              Overrides the TERM environment variable.

       -reset Displays the terminal reset string, which typically
              resets the terminal to its power on state.

              Displays  the terminal initialization string, which
              typically sets the  terminal's  rendering  options,
              and other attributes to the default values.

       -cursor [on|off]
              Turns the terminal's cursor on or off.

       -repeat [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
              Turns keyboard repeat on or off.

       -appcursorkeys [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
              Sets  Cursor  Key  Application Mode on or off. When
              on, ESC O A, ESC O B, etc.  will be  sent  for  the
              cursor  keys instead of ESC [ A, ESC [ B, etc.  See
              the "vi and Cursor-Keys" section of the Text-Termi­
              nal-HOWTO  for  how  this can cause problems for vi

       -ulcolor 16-color (virtual consoles only)
              Sets the color for underlined characters.

       -hbcolor 16-color (virtual consoles only)
              Sets the color for half-bright characters.

       -inversescreen [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
              Inverts  the  screen  colors.  Foreground and back­
              ground are swapped,  as  are  underline  and  half-

       -bold [on|off]
              Turns  bold  (extra bright) mode on or off.  Except
              at a virtual  console,  -bold  off  turns  off  all
              attributes (bold, half-brightness, blink, reverse).

       -half-bright [on|off]
              Turns dim (half-brightness) mode  on  or  off  (see
              -hbcolor).  Except  at  a  virtual  console, -half-
              bright off turns off all  attributes  (bold,  half-
              brightness, blink, reverse).

       -blink [on|off]
              Turns  blink  mode  on or off.  Except at a virtual
              console, -blink off turns off all attributes (bold,
              half-brightness, blink, reverse).

       -reverse [on|off]
              Turns  reverse  video  mode on or off.  Except at a
              virtual  console,  -reverse  off  turns   off   all
              attributes (bold, half-brightness, blink, reverse).

       -underline [on|off]
              Turns underline mode on or off (see -ulcolor).

       -store (virtual consoles only)
              Stores the terminal's current rendering options  as
              the default values.

       -clear [all]
              Clears  the  screen  and  "homes"  the  cursor,  as

       -clear rest
              Clears from the current cursor position to the  end
              of the screen.

       -tabs [tab1 tab2 tab3 ...] (virtual consoles only)
              Sets tab stops at the given horizontal cursor posi­
              tions, in  the  range  1-160.   Without  arguments,
              shows the current tab stop settings.

              defaults to 0 (disable console blanking).

       -dump [1-NR_CONS]
              Writes a snapshot  of  the  given  virtual  console
              (with  attributes)  to  the  file  specified in the
              -file option, overwriting its contents; the default
              is  screen.dump.   Without  an  argument, dumps the
              current virtual console.  Overrides -append.

       -append [1-NR_CONS]
              Like  -dump,  but  appends  to  the  snapshot  file
              instead  of overwriting it.  Only works if no -dump
              options are given.

       -file dumpfilename
              Sets the  snapshot  file  name  for  any  -dump  or
              -append  options on the same command line.  If this
              option is not present, the default  is  screen.dump
              in the current directory.

       -msg [on|off] (virtual consoles only)
              Enables  or disables the sending of kernel printk()
              messages to the console.

       -msglevel 1-8 (virtual consoles only)
              Sets the console logging level for kernel  printk()
              messages.   All  messages  strictly  more important
              than this will be printed, so a logging level of  0
              has  the same effect as -msg on and a logging level
              of 8 will print all kernel messages.  klogd(8)  may
              be  a  more  convenient interface to the logging of
              kernel messages.

       -powersave on|vsync
              Puts the monitor into VESA vsync suspend mode.

       -powersave hsync
              Puts the monitor into VESA hsync suspend mode.

       -powersave powerdown
              Puts the monitor into VESA powerdown mode.

       -powersave [off]
              Turns off monitor VESA powersaving features.

       -powerdown [0-60]
              Sets the VESA powerdown interval in minutes.  With­
              out an argument, defaults to 0 (disable powerdown).
              If the console is blanked or the monitor is in sus­
              pend mode, then the monitor will go into vsync sus­
              pend mode or powerdown mode respectively after this
              period of time has elapsed.


Util-Linux 2.10           7 January 2000               SETTERM(1)



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