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ttytype - terminal device to default terminal type mapping


The /etc/ttytype file associates *termcap*(5)/*terminfo*(5) terminal type names with tty lines. Each line consists of a terminal type, followed by whitespace, followed by a tty name (a device name without the dev) prefix.

This association is used by the program tset*(1) to set the environment variable *TERM to the default terminal name for the user’s current tty.

This facility was designed for a traditional time-sharing environment featuring character-cell terminals hardwired to a UNIX minicomputer. It is little used on modern workstation and personal UNIX systems.


the tty definitions file.


A typical /etc/ttytype is:

  con80x25 tty1
  vt320 ttys0


*termcap*(5), *terminfo*(5), *agetty*(8), *mingetty*(8)


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Author: dt

Created: 2022-02-20 Sun 09:33