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Is it possible to see a all the capabilities (terminfo or termcap) of the current terminal on command line?

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You can use infocmp -L -1 to print out a terminfo entry for current TERM.

I'm not sure of an equivalent for termcap but termcap is readable plain text (if you know it's capability codes). I guess you could make use of captoinfo in conjunction with infocmp

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To be clear: Just infocmp also works (the -I −1 option formats it with one capability per line). – Chris Page Jul 4 '12 at 2:10
@ChrisPage: Good point. Actually I meant to write -L not -I, which gives longer names that are easier to understand if you are unfamiliar with terminfo capability names. The -1 aids readability. – RedGrittyBrick Jul 4 '12 at 8:41

To show all of the capabilities of a terminal using ncurses, you need different options than were suggested earlier. The -L and -1 options show long names and a single column, respectively.

Since release 5.0 in 1999, ncurses has supported user-definable (extended) capabilities which may be compiled into a terminfo entry if the tic -x option is given. xterm and other terminal entries use these, for additional function key definitions and other features. There is a summary of these in the terminal database.

Since 2004, infocmp has had a comparable -x option, which is used to show the extended capabilities. So you would use this to print all terminfo capabilities:

infocmp -x

You would use infocmp with different options to show the terminal description in termcap format, e.g., -C (termcap names) and -r (termcap format). termcap entries are conventionally limited to 1023 bytes. However, since all of the data is from the terminal database (terminfo), ncurses can optionally relax that limit, e.g., using -T. Finally, using the -x option, infocmp can display user-defined capabilities in termcap format — provided that their names are no longer than 2 characters.

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