scr_dump, scr_restore, scr_init, scr_set - read (write) a
curses screen from (to) a file
int scr_dump(const char *filename);
int scr_restore(const char *filename);
int scr_init(const char *filename);
int scr_set(const char *filename);
The scr_dump routine dumps the current contents of the
virtual screen to the file filename.
The scr_restore routine sets the virtual screen to the
contents of filename, which must have been written using
scr_dump. The next call to doupdate restores the screen
to the way it looked in the dump file.
The scr_init routine reads in the contents of filename and
uses them to initialize the curses data structures about
what the terminal currently has on its screen. If the
data is determined to be valid, curses bases its next
update of the screen on this information rather than
clearing the screen and starting from scratch. scr_init
is used after initscr or a system call to share the screen
with another process which has done a scr_dump after its
endwin call. The data is declared invalid if the terminfo
capabilities rmcup and nrrmc exist; also if the terminal
has been written to since the preceding scr_dump call.
The scr_set routine is a combination of scr_restore and
scr_init. It tells the program that the information in
filename is what is currently on the screen, and also what
the program wants on the screen. This can be thought of
as a screen inheritance function.
To read (write) a window from (to) a file, use the getwin
and putwin routines [see curs_util(3x)].
All routines return the integer ERR upon failure and OK
Note that scr_init, scr_set, and scr_restore may be
The XSI Curses standard, Issue 4, describes these func-
tions (adding the const qualifiers).
The SVr4 docs merely say under scr_init that the dump data
is also considered invalid "if the time-stamp of the tty
is old" but don't define "old".
curses(3x), curs_initscr(3x), curs_refresh(3x),
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