Subject: Re: packages using ncurses
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Johnny C. Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/21/2003 03:14:30
On Fri, Feb 21, 2003 at 09:41:31AM +0100, Thomas Klausner wrote:
> A test for the existence of /usr/include/{n,}curses.h and the associated
> library might be a good addition. We still might want to mark
> particular operating systems as USE_NCURSES (see above).

That is certainly possible, and could be done using
gettext-lib/ as an example, but it's definitely complex.

> > 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).
> These packages should just add the ncurses/, that's all that's
> needed. After it is fixed, of course :)

I disagree.  I don't want to go around adding ncurses/ to
Makefiles of packages that just need curses, because those packages simply
don't need ncurses, and it's misleading.


	-- Johnny Lam <>