ncurses libraries:why they are moved

Andreas Fehr andreas at mrs.ch
Tue May 10 13:11:38 PDT 2005


On Tue, 10 May 2005, 13:19, lin q (as lq) wrote:

> lq: I am in Chapter 6 and compiling ncurses. After "make install", 
> lq: there are some instructions about moving the libncurses.so.5* from 
> lq: /usr/lib to /lib.
> lq: 
> lq: I wonder why it is wrong that these libraries are in /usr/lib? If 
> lq: I do not do this, then when I compile some other application 
> lq: ncurses libraries will not be found?

As far as I understand (and is described in chapter 2.4. Mounting the 
New Partition), it might well be, that /usr is not on the same device 
(harddisk partition) as the stuff needed to boot the system. If somehow, 
Linux fails to mount /usr, the rest of the system (all system libraries) 
are still accessible from the device, that holds the root partition (/).

I think, I read something like that in the book, but can't remember 
where it was. So if you have / and /usr on the same partition, I think 
this isn't a problem. But for consistency, I'd copy them to /lib.

Andreas (other might tear me apart and have other ideas on this)



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