[erlang-bugs] Misleading ./configure error on Linux

Jeff Doran <>
Thu Jun 12 19:43:31 CEST 2008

When trying to build otp_src_R12B-2 on a Centos Linux box I encountered an
error during ./configure complaining about missing 'ncurses'.  I had the
ncurses.i386 libraries installed and was confused by this message.

It turns out that the ncurses development libraries are also required.  My
problem was solved by installing ncurses-devel.i386.

It would save a lot of time and frustration for users to mention that the
development libraries are also required along with the normal shared
libraries.  This could either be a more informative error message from
./configure or some info added to the README file when listing dependencies.


- Jeff

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