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Old 05-13-2021, 04:05 PM   #1
Andy Alt
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on macos 10.15, configure script can't find ncurses menu library

I don't have direct access to a macOS computer, but I'm trying to set up a program for testing on macos through a GitHub actions server. Trying to do it without brew because ncurses is supposed to be already installed. But the configure script can't find the menu library, and I don't know the locations of things on a Mac. I might be able to get it working by preceding the config script PKG_CONFIG_PATH or LDFLAGS, but I don't know what values I should try. Searching for the answer is yielding surprising few results.

checking for ncursesw via pkg-config... yes
checking for working ncursesw/curses.h... no
checking for working ncursesw.h... no
checking for working ncurses.h... yes
checking for Curses Menu library with ncursesw/menu.h... no
checking for free_menu in -lmenu... no
configure: error: requires the Curses menu library.
Old 05-13-2021, 04:24 PM   #2
Andy Alt
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Ah, found out that the ncurses shipped with macOS doesn't come with the menu library.

So using 'brew install ncurses' and using 'PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/usr/local/opt/ncurses/lib/pkgconfig" ./configure' seems like the best option.


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