Subject: Re: ncurses and terminfo
To: John F. Woods <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/03/1996 15:39:18
"John F. Woods" writes:
> The precompilation bit may have been a great idea for that 3B2 space-heater,
> but the time required to process termcap entries on a modern processor is
> trivial, especially since you can use $TERMCAP to avoid the linear search
> for the actual terminal entry -- though it probably takes less time on a
> lowly 486/33 to find the last entry in /etc/termcap than a 3B2 took to find
> the corresponding file in its tree.

Termcap under 4.4 and derivatives like NetBSD uses a .db file, so
there is no linear search involved.