Subject: Re: packages using ncurses
To: None <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/20/2003 09:28:20
On Thu, 20 Feb 2003, Julio Merino wrote:

> AFAIK, ncurses/ uses the system curses library to link packages.
> It will only use ncurses if USE_NCURSES is set to yes. As I see from the bl2
> file, it doesn't check if a system curses library is available... so maybe
> this should be added?

That would be good.

But it still doesn't fix my initial problem.

Many packages are built using some type of curses, but don't even use that
ncurses/ (so nothing is ever registered as DEPENDS).

So then when that package is installed on another box, it won't have any
requirement for any curses (only ncurses in pkgsrc right now) -- and
possibly may not run (if the [n]curses is not installed).

(Which is like gtexinfo not being registered as a DEPENDS for some
packages -- even thought install-info is clearly used in the

   Jeremy C. Reed