EDITRC(5) File Formats and Configurations EDITRC(5)

editrc - configuration file for editline library


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

The format of each line is: is one of the builtin commands. Refer to for more information. is the program name string that a program defines when it calls to set up which is usually will be executed for any program which matches may also be a style regular expression, in which case will be executed for any program that matches the regular expression.

If is absent, is executed for all programs. The 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 shell.

The following builtin commands are available: 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 is supplied, show the binding for that key or macro. If is supplied, bind the editor to that key or macro.

The options are as follows: List or change key bindings in the mode alternate (command mode) key map. Bind all keys to the standard Emacs-like bindings. is interpreted as a symbolic arrow key name, which may be one of or List all editor commands and a short description of each. Remove the binding of the key or macro Define a keyboard macro rather than a key binding or command macro: is taken as a literal string and appended to the input queue whenever is typed. Bound keys and macros in are themselves reinterpreted, and this continues for ten levels of interpretation. Bind all keys to the standard bindings.

The manual documents all editor commands and contains more information about macros and the input queue. and can contain control characters of the form e.g. and the following backslashed escape sequences: Bell Backspace Escape Formfeed Newline Carriage return Horizontal tab Vertical tab The character corresponding to the octal number nullifies the special meaning of the following character, if it has any, notably and Exercise terminal capabilities given in If is or the value of that capability is printed, with or indicating that the terminal does or does not have that capability. returns an empty string for non-existent capabilities, rather than causing an error. causes messages to be verbose. Enable or disable the functionality in a program. The command lists all entries in the history. The command sets the history size to entries. The command controls if history should keep duplicate entries. If is non zero, only keep unique history entries. If is zero, then keep all entries (the default). Set the terminal capability to as defined in No sanity checking is done. Oo Fl Ar mode Oc Oo Ar mode Oc Oo Ar char Ns Ic = Ns Ar c Oc Control which tty modes that won't allow the user to change. or tells to act on the or set of tty modes respectively; defaulting to

Without other arguments, lists the modes in the chosen set which are fixed on or off lists all tty modes in the chosen set regardless of the setting. With or fixes on or off or removes control of in the chosen set. can also be used to set tty characters to particular values using If is empty then the character is set to List the values of all the terminal capabilities (see Names the default configuration file for the library. Last resort user configuration file for the library if no other file is specified. The library was written by and this manual was written by with some sections inspired by

May 22, 2016