Subject: Re: bash should depend on ncurses under Linux
To: grant beattie <grant@NetBSD.org>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/22/2003 16:10:43
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003, grant beattie wrote:
> there must be a better way, and I would advise against doing this.
> ncurses is a big, bloated beast which doesn't seem appropriate for a
> shell to depend on.
I agree it is bloated, but in many cases it already is linked against a
ncurses. (I already had to force my bash2 to not depend on gettext-lib and
It is normal. On Debian systems:
reed@sloth:~$ ldd /bin/bash
libncurses.so.5 => /lib/libncurses.so.5 (0x40017000)
On Gentoo systems, bash depends on ncurses
(DEPEND=">=sys-libs/ncurses-5.2-r2" and --with-curses).
On old (and new) Red Hat Linux system:
[root@www /root]# ldd /bin/bash
libtermcap.so.2 => /lib/libtermcap.so.2 (0x4002d000)
Which comes from the libtermcap package.
libtermcap used to be available from ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/GCC/
Gentoo's libtermcap is based on Debian's termcap-compat source.
Also, some installations of ncurses include libtermcap libraries (and
Should we provide a libtermcap?
> libtermcap.so.2 => /lib/libtermcap.so.2 (0x4001a000)
I am curious: where did your libtermcap come from?
Jeremy C. Reed