menu_mark.3x - Man Page

get and set the menu mark string


#include <menu.h>

int set_menu_mark(MENU *menu, const char *mark);
const char *menu_mark(const MENU *menu);


In order to make menu selections visible on older terminals without highlighting or color capability, the menu library marks selected items in a menu with a prefix string.

The function set_menu_mark sets the mark string for the given menu. Calling set_menu_mark with a null menu item will abolish the mark string. Note that changing the length of the mark string for a menu while the menu is posted is likely to produce unhelpful behavior.

The default string is "-" (a dash). Calling set_menu_mark with a non-NULL menu argument will change this default.

The function menu_mark returns the menu's mark string (or NULL if there is none).

Return Value

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

The function set_menu_mark may return the following error codes:


The routine succeeded.


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


System error occurred (see errno(3)).


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


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

See Also

curses(3X), menu(3X)

Referenced By

The man page set_menu_mark.3x(3) is an alias of menu_mark.3x(3).

2023-11-25 ncurses 6.4 Library calls