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Old 04-01-2006, 09:43 AM   #1
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emacs won't run

What does this mean?

emacs: Cannot open termcap database file
Old 04-01-2006, 01:51 PM   #2
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i know a little about this but not alot
not clear to me if older termcap was replaced by terminfo or if they are the same thing.
this is somehow related to ncurses so make sure you have that and its devel packages installed
ncurses has programs that translate terminfo to termcap and back and forth
my system as best as i can tell has nothing called termcap

if you have an older system like debian check a link in /etc called termcap to make sure it points to something valid. if not try to fix it.
(possibly /usr/lib/termcap is the proper thing ?)

i think if you are using emacs in an x session it shouldn't need terminfo/termcap
are you using it from a terminal or in an x session ?

did you compile this emacs yourself ? possibly without x support by mistake.

type the command "toe"
you get a bunch of output about available terminal types ?
toe | grep emacs
mine says
eterm gnu emacs term.el terminal emulation
sun-e-s Sun Microsystems Workstation with status hacked for emacs

(like i said not actually sure if thats termcap or not)

do you have a file /usr/lib/terminfo/d/dumb and not a file /usr/lib/terminfo/e/emacs
if so try
cp /usr/lib/terminfo/d/dumb /usr/lib/terminfo/e/emacs

just to see
sorry i can't help more
termcap = conceptual black hole

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