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Old 10-16-2003, 12:10 PM   #1
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Question can't find library - Termcap or Ncurses

Just getting started with Redhat 9. I performed a minimal install ( router / firewall configuration ) of RH9.

Problem: Compiling MySQL 4.0.15a from tar.gz, I get a message that states it can't find the ncurses/termcap libraries. Command I used was ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mysql

I downloaded both rpm's and attempting to Fvh - nothing. ivh says they are already installed.

checking whether signal handlers are of type void... yes
checking for tgetent in -lncurses... no
checking for tgetent in -lcurses... no
checking for tgetent in -ltermcap... no
checking for termcap functions library... configure: error: No curses/termcap library found

[root@localhost mysql-4.0.15a]# locate libter
[root@localhost mysql-4.0.15a]# locate libncu
[root@localhost mysql-4.0.15a]#

Anyone have any idea of what I broke this time?

Thanks in advance!!!

Old 10-16-2003, 03:03 PM   #2
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Fixed my own problem - I "upgraded" my RH9 install and selected everything I could find for ncurses and termcap. It installed about 7MB of stuff off CD#2.

If anyone knows why this fixed it - I'm still interested in knowing why it wasn't working before
Old 03-04-2004, 08:56 AM   #3
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Was going to post this question, but found your thread in a search. Do you think the problem is tgetent?

Trying to install 'screen' from .tar.gz source code. It wouldn't. configure stopped, after a while, with the following error message:

configure: checking socket implementation...
- you are normal
- both sockets and fifos usable. let's take fifos.
configure: checking select return value...
- select can't count
configure: checking for tgetent...
configure: checking libcurses...
configure: checking libtermcap...
configure: checking libtermlib...
configure: checking libncurses...
configure: error: !!! no tgetent - no screen
debian:/home/lugo/.screen/screen-4.0.2# updatedb
ebian:/home/lugo/.screen/screen-4.0.2# locate libtermlib
debian:/home/lugo/.screen/screen-4.0.2# locate libcurses
debian:/home/lugo/.screen/screen-4.0.2# locate libtermcap
debian:/home/lugo/.screen/screen-4.0.2# locate libncurses

Apparently because tgetent is not installed??

Couldn’t find ‘tgetent’ in; but seems to be a component of ‘termcap’:

“The Termcap Library
The termcap library is the application programmer's interface to the termcap data base. It contains functions for the following purposes:
* Finding the description of the user's terminal type (tgetent).
* Interrogating the description for information on various topics (tgetnum, tgetflag, tgetstr).”

So if I install termcap.3.1.tar.gz, something like that, will I be able to install screen?


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