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    1 This is the GNU termcap library -- a library of C functions that
    2 enable programs to send control strings to terminals in a way
    3 independent of the terminal type.  The GNU termcap library does not
    4 place an arbitrary limit on the size of termcap entries, unlike most
    5 other termcap libraries.
    7 Most of this package is also distributed with GNU Emacs, but it is
    8 available in this separate distribution to make it easier to install
    9 as -ltermcap.  However, use of termcap is discouraged.  Termcap is
   10 being phased out in favor of the terminfo-based ncurses library, which
   11 contains an emulation of the termcap library routines in addition to
   12 an excellent curses implementation.  ncurses is available from the
   13 usual GNU archive sites.
   15 See the file INSTALL for compilation and installation instructions.
   16 Additionally:
   18 This package contains termcap.src, the latest official termcap data
   19 file.  By default, it is not installed.  The current version contains
   20 some entries that are more than 1023 bytes long, which is the largest
   21 value that is safe to use with the many historical applications that
   22 only allocate a 1024 byte termcap buffer (telnet, for example).  If
   23 you make sure that all of your programs allocate buffers of at least
   24 2500 bytes, or let the termcap library do it by passing a NULL
   25 pointer, then it is safe to install the new termcap file, as described
   26 below.
   28 You can give configure two special options:
   29   --enable-install-termcap install the termcap data file
   30   --with-termcap=FILE     use data file FILE instead of /etc/termcap
   32 Please report any bugs in this library to bug-gnu-emacs@prep.ai.mit.edu.
   33 You can check which version of the library you have by using the RCS
   34 `ident' command on libtermcap.a.