17.7 Terminal Control
The database is kept in the /usr/share/lib/terminfo directory with subdirectories specified by the first character of the names of the terminfo files. Each terminfo description is a separate, compiled file, within the subdirectory matching the first character of its name [1-9,a-z,A-Z].
The terminfo files are functionally equivalent to the individual entries in the termcap file, however, the terminfo files are in a compiled format, not ASCII, as is the termcap file. The entries in a terminfo file are described in the terminfo(4) man page.
You can display the contents of a terminfo file in a format similar to a termcap entry using the infocmp command. With no options and no TERMINFO environment variable set infocmp assumes the desired terminfo file is that of the TERM variable, e.g.:
# Reconstructed via infocmp from file: /usr/share/lib/terminfo/x/xterm
xterm|vs100|xterm terminal emulator,
am, km, mir, msgr, xenl,
cols#80, it#8, lines#65,
bel=^G, blink=@, bold=\E[1m, clear=\E[H\E[2J, cr=\r,
csr=\E[%i%p1%d;%p2%dr, cub=\E[%p1%dD, cub1=\b,
cud=\E[%p1%dB, cud1=\n, cuf=\E[%p1%dC, cuf1=\E[C,
sgr0=\E[m, smacs=^N, smkx=\E[?1h\E=, smso=\E[7m,