EDITLINE(3)                                                       EDITLINE(3)

  editline - command-line editing library with history

  char *
       char       *prompt;

      char        *line;

  Editline is a library that provides an line-editing interface with text
  recall.  It is intended to be compatible with the readline library provided
  by the Free Software Foundation, but much smaller.  The bulk of this manual
  page describes the user interface.

  The readline routine returns a line of text with the trailing newline
  removed.  The data is returned in a buffer allocated with malloc(3), so the
  space should be released with free(3) when the calling program is done with
  it.  Before accepting input from the user, the specified prompt is dis-
  played on the terminal.

  The add_history routine makes a copy of the specified line and adds it to
  the internal history list.

  User Interface

  A program that uses this library provides a simple emacs-like editing
  interface to its users.  A line may be edited before it is sent to the
  calling program by typing either control characters or escape sequences.  A
  control character, shown as a caret followed by a letter, is typed by hold-
  ing down the ``control'' key while the letter is typed.  For example,
  ``^A'' is a control-A.  An escape sequence is entered by typing the
  ``escape'' key followed by one or more characters.  The escape key is
  abbreviated as ``ESC.''  Note that unlike control keys, case matters in
  escape sequences; ``ESC F'' is not the same as ``ESC f''.

  An editing command may be typed anywhere on the line, not just at the
  beginning.  In addition, a return may also be typed anywhere on the line,
  not just at the end.

  Most editing commands may be given a repeat count, n, where n is a number.
  To enter a repeat count, type the escape key, the number, and then the com-
  mand to execute.  For example, ``ESC 4 ^f'' moves forward four characters.
  If a command may be given a repeat count then the text ``[n]'' is given at
  the end of its description.

  The following control characters are accepted:
       ^A       Move to the beginning of the line
       ^B       Move left (backwards) [n]
       ^D       Delete character [n]
       ^E       Move to end of line
       ^F       Move right (forwards) [n]
       ^G       Ring the bell
       ^H       Delete character before cursor (backspace key) [n]
       ^I       Complete filename (tab key); see below
       ^J       Done with line (return key)
       ^K       Kill to end of line (or column [n])
       ^L       Redisplay line
       ^M       Done with line (alternate return key)
       ^N       Get next line from history [n]
       ^P       Get previous line from history [n]
       ^R       Search backward (forward if [n]) through history for text;
                must start line if text begins with an uparrow
       ^T       Transpose characters
       ^V       Insert next character, even if it is an edit command
       ^W       Wipe to the mark
       ^X^X     Exchange current location and mark
       ^Y       Yank back last killed text
       ^[       Start an escape sequence (escape key)
       ^]c      Move forward to next character ``c''
       ^?       Delete character before cursor (delete key) [n]

  The following escape sequences are provided.
       ESC ^H   Delete previous word (backspace key) [n]
       ESC DEL  Delete previous word (delete key) [n]
       ESC SP   Set the mark (space key); see ^X^X and ^Y above
       ESC .    Get the last (or [n]'th) word from previous line
       ESC ?    Show possible completions; see below
       ESC <    Move to start of history
       ESC >    Move to end of history
       ESC b    Move backward a word [n]
       ESC d    Delete word under cursor [n]
       ESC f    Move forward a word [n]
       ESC l    Make word lowercase [n]
       ESC u    Make word uppercase [n]
       ESC y    Yank back last killed text
       ESC v    Show library version
       ESC w    Make area up to mark yankable
       ESC nn   Set repeat count to the number nn
       ESC C    Read from environment variable ``_C_'', where C is
                an uppercase letter

  The editline library has a small macro facility.  If you type the escape
  key followed by an uppercase letter, C, then the contents of the environ-
  ment variable _C_ are read in as if you had typed them at the keyboard.
  For example, if the variable _L_ contains the following:
       ^A^Kecho '^V^[[H^V^[[2J'^M
  Then typing ``ESC L'' will move to the beginning of the line, kill the
  entire line, enter the echo command needed to clear the terminal (if your
  terminal is like a VT-100), and send the line back to the shell.

  The editline library also does filename completion.  Suppose the root
  directory has the following files in it:
       bin    vmunix
       core   vmunix.old
  If you type ``rm /v'' and then the tab key.  Editline will then finish off
  as much of the name as possible by adding ``munix''.  Because the name is
  not unique, it will then beep.  If you type the escape key and a question
  mark, it will display the two choices.  If you then type a period and a
  tab, the library will finish off the filename for you:
       rm /v[TAB]munix.TABold
  The tab key is shown by ``[TAB]'' and the automatically-entered text is
  shown in italics.

  Cannot handle lines more than 80 columns.

  Simmule R. Turner <!capitol!sysgo!simmy> and Rich $alz
  <>.  Original manual page by DaviD W. Sanderson

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