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Making Character Terminals Behave with Ingres
As graphic terminals have increasingly replaced
character terminals, knowledge about customization
of the Ingres character interface has become harder
to find. Nevertheless, new users are still often
introduced to Ingres through the older, forms-based
tools such as ISQL or QBF. This experience can
leave a frustrating first impression of scrambled
screens and function keys that do not behave as
This article, courtesy of Ingres Premium Services,
will demystify the scrambled screens and make
customization of the Ingres forms system
understandable and easy.
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: command line / menu line in ingres form
>stupid question : is it possible to change the place of the 'command
>line' (with the menuitem keys) ???
>I have an application which runs on a 8 lines-terminal . My form in
>vifred is ok , I display only 8 lines and when i load my application
>but the menu line is always in line 24 so i don't see it !!
You need to create an entry in $II_SYSTEM/ingres/files/termcap to describe
your terminal device, including the size of the display. Usually you would
start by copying an existing entry that is more or less like what you want
(say vt100), then adjust any parameters that need to be fixed. For instance
you'd probably change li#25 to li#8, and there may be other changes required
too. You also need to give your terminal type a name.
You then set II_TERM_INGRES to the name of your new terminal type to
identify your entry in the termcap file. (You can also create your own
termcap file--which might be safer since the default one could be
over-written during an upgrade. You then set II_TERMCAP_FILE, either
locally or globally, to point to your file.)
See Appendix C of the manual called Using Character-Based Query and
Reporting Tools for the full details of how to create/modify a termcap
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