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EDITRC(5)                     File Formats Manual                    EDITRC(5)

     editrc - configuration file for editline library


     The editrc file defines various settings to be used by the editline(3)

     The format of each line is:

           [prog:]command [arg ...]

     command is one of the editline(3) builtin commands.  Refer to BUILTIN
     COMMANDS for more information.

     prog is the program name string that a program defines when it calls
     el_init(3) to set up editline(3), which is usually argv[0].  command will
     be executed for any program which matches prog.

     prog may also be a regex(3) style regular expression, in which case
     command will be executed for any program that matches the regular

     If prog is absent, command is executed for all programs.

     The editline library has some builtin commands, which affect the way that
     the line editing and history functions operate.  These are based on
     similar named builtins present in the tcsh(1) shell.

     The following builtin commands are available:

     bind [-aeklrsv] [key [command]]
           Without options and arguments, list all bound keys and macros, and
           the editor command or input string to which each one is bound.  If
           only key is supplied, show the binding for that key or macro.  If
           key command is supplied, bind the editor command to that key or

           The options are as follows:

           -a    List or change key bindings in the vi(1) mode alternate
                 (command mode) key map.

           -e    Bind all keys to the standard GNU Emacs-like bindings.

           -k    key is interpreted as a symbolic arrow key name, which may be
                 one of up, down, left or right.

           -l    List all editor commands and a short description of each.

           -r    Remove the binding of the key or macro key.

           -s    Define a keyboard macro rather than a key binding or command
                 macro: command is taken as a literal string and appended to
                 the input queue whenever key is typed.  Bound keys and macros
                 in command are themselves reinterpreted, and this continues
                 for ten levels of interpretation.

           -v    Bind all keys to the standard vi(1)-like bindings.

           The editline(7) manual documents all editor commands and contains
           more information about macros and the input queue.

           key and command can contain control characters of the form
           `^character' (e.g. `^A'), and the following backslashed escape

                 \a          Bell
                 \b          Backspace
                 \e          Escape
                 \f          Formfeed
                 \n          Newline
                 \r          Carriage return
                 \t          Horizontal tab
                 \v          Vertical tab
                 \nnn        The ASCII character corresponding to the octal
                             number nnn.

           `\' nullifies the special meaning of the following character, if it
           has any, notably `\' and `^'.

     echotc [-sv] arg ...
           Exercise terminal capabilities given in arg.  If arg is `baud',
           `cols', `lines', `rows', `meta', or `tabs', the value of that
           capability is printed, with "yes" or "no" indicating that the
           terminal does or does not have that capability.

           -s returns an empty string for non-existent capabilities, rather
           than causing an error.  -v causes messages to be verbose.

     edit [on | off]
           Enable or disable the editline functionality in a program.

     history list | size n | unique n
           The `list' command lists all entries in the history.  The `size'
           command sets the history size to n entries.  The `unique' command
           controls if history should keep duplicate entries.  If n is non
           zero, only keep unique history entries.  If n is zero, then keep
           all entries (the default).

     settc cap val
           Set the terminal capability cap to val, as defined in termcap(5).
           No sanity checking is done.

     setty [-a] [-d] [-q] [-x] [+mode] [-mode] [mode] [char=c]
           Control which tty modes that editrc won't allow the user to change.
           -d, -q or -x tells setty to act on the `edit', `quote' or `execute'
           set of tty modes respectively; defaulting to -x.

           Without other arguments, setty lists the modes in the chosen set
           which are fixed on (+mode) or off (-mode).  -a lists all tty modes
           in the chosen set regardless of the setting.  With +mode, -mode or
           mode, fixes mode on or off or removes control of mode in the chosen

           Setty can also be used to set tty characters to particular values
           using char=value.  If value is empty then the character is set to

           List the values of all the terminal capabilities (see termcap(5)).

     EDITRC           Names the default configuration file for the editline(3)

     ~/.editrc                         Last resort user configuration file for
                                       the editline(3) library if no other
                                       file is specified.

     editline(3), regex(3), termcap(5), editline(7)

     The editline library was written by Christos Zoulas, and this manual was
     written by Luke Mewburn, with some sections inspired by tcsh(1).

NetBSD 10.99                     May 22, 2016                     NetBSD 10.99