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Old 07-25-2005, 10:17 PM   #1
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Exclamation Cannot open libncurses


This isn't a problem that affects me immediately but it looks significant so I'll see if I can get it taken care of.

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> info
info: error while loading shared libraries: libncurses.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
I've used info in the past without any problems, so this is something recent. The only major thing I've done recently that could affect anything is delete the contents of /usr/local/src, relying on the fact that checkinstall's packages contain everything I need to run the appropriate programs.

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> locate libncurses
/lib/libncurses.so.5
/lib/libncurses.so.5.3
/usr/lib/libncurses++.a
/usr/lib/libncurses_g.a
/usr/lib/libncurses_p.a
/usr/lib/libncurses.so
/usr/lib/libncurses.a
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 10:27 PM   #2
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Looks like your system got an updated version of ncurses (.5) without an upgrade to info. See if you can upgrade info.
 
Old 07-25-2005, 11:24 PM   #3
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Wasn't quite the problem but led me to what was. I believe I removed info previously when trying to get TeX to work (since info is called "texinfo" not just "info" it seems). Running /usr/bin/info works fine, but "info" itself returns the error.

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> which info
/usr/TeX/bin/i386-linux/info
It's picking that one first (I don't even know what it is or why it doesn't work) because that directory is set before $PATH in my .bashrc. I don't remember why it had to go before, but when I was playing around trying to get TeX to work I figured out I needed that to go first otherwise it would run the wrong thing. What's the best solution here? I'd move my PATH around but that would break TeX and I don't remember enough about the installation process to fix it. I'd rename that info file that's being run but I assume it's required by TeX for something, so that's not good. If the info that's being run is the same as the real system "texinfo" then I'd upgrade that so it's using the right libraries, but I don't know how to do that either. Any suggestions? What are these two info programs anyway, and why are they tied in to TeX?

--EDIT--
Just to clarify, I accidentally removed Slackware's texinfo package when removing/reinstalling things to get TeX to work since it started with tex and I assumed it was related. I've now downloaded and installed the most recent Slackpkg of texinfo so /usr/bin/info is in place and working (other than the problem described above).

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Old 07-25-2005, 11:28 PM   #4
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They may use TeX for formatting behind the scenes, I'm not sure. Why not just move the tex path behind /usr/local/bin? If that breaks tex, you can just switch it back. Keep a copy of the old line commented out just in case.
 
Old 07-26-2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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I'll do that for now, I don't really use TeX much anyway. Thanks again.
 
Old 07-26-2005, 08:20 PM   #6
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It shouldn't break tex, unless tex has used some bad file names.
 
  


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