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1.5 Padding

Padding means outputting null characters following a terminal display command that takes a long time to execute. The terminal description says which commands require padding and how much; the function tputs, described below, outputs a terminal command while extracting from it the padding information, and then outputs the padding that is necessary.

1.5.1 Why Pad, and How  Explanation of padding.
1.5.2 When There Is Not Enough Padding  When there is not enough padding.
1.5.3 Specifying Padding in a Terminal Description  The data base says how much padding a terminal needs.
1.5.4 Performing Padding with tputs  Using tputs to output the needed padding.


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