form_field.3x man page

form_field — make and break connections between fields and forms


#include <form.h>
int set_form_fields(FORM *form, FIELD **fields);
FIELD **form_fields(const FORM *form);
int field_count(const FORM *form);
int move_field(FIELD *field, int frow, int fcol);


The function set_form_fields changes the field pointer array of the given form.  The array must be terminated by a NULL.

The function form_fields returns the field array of the given form.

The function field_count returns the count of fields in form.

The function move_field moves the given field (which must be disconnected) to a specified location on the screen.

Return Value

The function form_fields returns a pointer (which may be NULL). It does not set errno.

The function field_count returns ERR if the form parameter is NULL.

The functions set_form_fields and move_field return one of the following codes on error:


The routine succeeded.


Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.


The field is already connected to a form.


The form is already posted.


System error occurred (see errno(3)).

See Also

curses(3X), form(3X).


The header file <form.h> automatically includes the header file <curses.h>.


These routines emulate the System V forms library. They were not supported on Version 7 or BSD versions.

The SVr4 forms library documentation specifies the field_count error value as -1 (which is the value of ERR).


Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric S. Raymond.

Referenced By

The man pages field_count.3x(3), form_fields.3x(3), move_field.3x(3) and set_form_fields.3x(3) are aliases of form_field.3x(3).