||06-29-2006 02:51 PM
Apologies for posting my query in separate forums. Being a newbie here and a veteran of Usenet (where crossposting is a tradition), I did not realize this was against the rules.
Yes, it was an ncurses issue. It's a long story but here is the gist: In order to solve a dependency issue on a particular software package (rpm), I needed to install a particular file (libtinfo.so.5) which is supposed to be part of ncurses but which Feodra's RPM version of ncurses did not include. So I searched and found a non-rpm version of ncurses that included libtinfo.so.5, and unpacked, compiled and installed it (without first uninstalling the RPM version). However, I still couldn't get the other rpm installed (it still reported a dependency problem), so I gave up on it. I then did make uninstall on the ncurses version I had installed.
When I understood that my clear and reset problems might have been caused by my ncurses installation/uninstallation, I checked to see if the old ncurses rpm was still installed. rpm -q showed that it was, and it did not occur to me that the rpm database would still list ncurses as installed even if I had inadvertantly deleted some of the files it had installed.
After reading your posting, I downloaded the ncurses rpm (same version I already had) and reinstalled it using --force. That did the trick.
Thanks for your quick response, and I apologize once again for the duplicate posting.