- clear all or part of a
# include <curses.h>
int werase(WINDOW *win);
int wclear(WINDOW *win);
int wclrtobot(WINDOW *win);
int wclrtoeol(WINDOW *win);
routines copy blanks to every position in the
window, clearing the screen.
routines are like erase
, but they also call clearok
, so that the screen is
cleared completely on the next call to wrefresh
for that window and
repainted from scratch.
routines erase from the cursor to the
end of screen. That is, they erase all lines below the cursor in the window.
Also, the current line to the right of the cursor, inclusive, is erased.
routines erase the current line to the
right of the cursor, inclusive, to the end of the current line.
Blanks created by erasure have the current background rendition (as set by
) merged into them.
All routines return the integer OK
on success and ERR
The SVr4.0 manual says "or a non-negative integer if immedok
set", but this appears to be an error.
X/Open defines no error conditions. In this implementation, functions using a
window pointer parameter return an error if it is null.
Note that erase
, and clrtoeol
may be macros.
These functions are described in the XSI Curses standard, Issue 4. The standard
specifies that they return ERR
on failure, but specifies no error
Some historic curses implementations had, as an undocumented feature, the
ability to do the equivalent of clearok(..., 1)
. This will not work under
This implementation, and others such as Solaris, sets the current position to
0,0 after erasing via werase()
. That fact is not
documented in other implementations, and may not be true of implementations
which were not derived from SVr4 source.
Not obvious from the description, most implementations clear the screen after
even for a subwindow or derived window. If you do not want to
clear the screen during the next wrefresh
, use werase