info on installing bash ...

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Tue Oct 17 12:33:17 PDT 2000

On Tue, 17 Oct 2000, you wrote:
> ----------------------------------------
> book-version = 2.4.2
> system = redhat 7.0
> user = newbie
> ----------------------------------------
> when i install bash (as on page 51 of pdf) i get this error-msg:
> /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lcurses
> collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
> make: *** [bash] Error 1
> i started all over again three times, but this still did not work.
> after searching the mail-archives i found this solution:
> replace "--with-curses" with "--with-ncurses" and the error is gone.
> maybe this is a helpful for somebody.
> (if i did something bad, please let me know.)

Nothing bad about it, since ncurses and curses are the same files on your 
harddisk (libcurses* are symlinks to libncurses*)

Are you sure that --with-ncurses worked? If you look at configure's --help 
output it doesn't mention a --with-ncurses option. I'll run a check again, 
perhaps the configure script does know the parameter and uses it. It would at 
least get rid of people who are having problems with their distribution due 
to the missing libcurses.a symlink.

Gerard Beekmans

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