XFree86.3.1.2F problem with term cap & libncurses

XFree86.3.1.2F problem with term cap & libncurses

Post by Fred » Mon, 02 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I was updating to XFree86.3.1.2F and encountered some messages
regarding terminal capability.  I wonder if anyone knows how
to fix it.

Quote:> Updating fonts.dir file in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc

> Removing old terminfo file /usr/lib/terminfo/x/xterms
> Removing old terminfo file /usr/lib/terminfo/x/xterm-24
> Removing old terminfo file /usr/lib/terminfo/x/xterm-vi
> Removing old terminfo file /usr/lib/terminfo/v/vs100
> Installing new terminfo entries for xterm
> "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/etc/xterm.terminfo", line 96: terminal 'xterm', Unknown Capability - 'meml'
> "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/etc/xterm.terminfo", line 97: terminal 'xterm', Unknown Capability - 'memu'

> You may need to reboot (or run ldconfig) before the
> newly installed shared libraries can be used.

Also, XFree86.3.1.2F doesn't start up due to lack of
"libncurses.so.3.0".  Any advice on how to fix this
would be appreciated.

Quote:> XFree86 Version 3.1.2F / X Window System
> (protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6100)
> Release Date: Aug 27 1996
>    If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is newer
>    than the above date, look for a newer version before reporting
>    problems.  (see http://www.XFree86.Org/FAQ)
> Operating System: Linux [ELF]
> Configured drivers:
>   SVGA: server for 8-bit colour SVGA (Patchlevel 0):
>       et4000, et4000w32, et4000w32i, et4000w32p, et4000w32p, et6000, et3000,

>    :
>    BLAH
>    :

> (--) SVGA: No DRAM speed specified. Low Clocks Available!
> (--) SVGA: Using Linear Frame Buffer at 0x0fbc00000, Size 1MB
> (--) SVGA: Using software cursor
> xterm: can't load library 'libncurses.so.3.0'
> xterm: can't load library 'libncurses.so.3.0'
> xterm: can't load library 'libncurses.so.3.0'

> waiting for X server to shut down

Fred Ma

Fred Ma


1. XFree86 3.1.2F and libncurses.so.3.0

I've seen numerous posts of people having this problem. I didn't run
into it myself because I always install ncurses on my machines.

Somehow, XFree linked the xterm bin to a shared copy of ncurses. Whether
this was intentional or not, I don't know. (RELNOTES? CHANGES? bah. ;)

Go to ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu and get ncurses-1.9.9e.tar.gz

configure it with the --enable-shared flags.
ie. ./configure --prefix=/usr --enabled-shared --enable-symlinks
make, make install
ldconfig -v

or 2) edit your system or personal xinitrc/xsession and run rxvt or
cxterm instead of xterm.

Xterm and resize seem to be the only bins in the 312Fbin.tgz that are
linked to ncurses.

Am I the only one who execs a window manager instead of an xterm when
starting X? ;)

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