HOWTO: curses-dev dependency not handled correctly

Paul Theodoropoulos paul at
Tue Aug 7 03:15:40 UTC 2018

On 8/6/2018 20:00 PM, MIKE MAJOR via devel wrote:
> This evening I was reading through the Clockmaker script closer. I 
> noticed that the prerequisite ncurses-dev is not a real debian 
> package. I've read ahead in the HOWTO text and I see that later the 
> package ncurses5-dev is asked to be installed.
> I believe both of these to be incorrect. ncurses{,5}-dev are not real 
> packages in debian. ncurses-dev is provided by libncurses5-dev.
Hi Mike,

Good catch. I thought that I had corrected that in one of the diffs I 
sent to ESR, but I only compounded the incongruity. You are correct - 
the libncurses5-dev Debian package is required. I can throw a diff at 
Eric now - or if he's 'watching' perhaps he'll put the fix in presently.

Paul Theodoropoulos

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