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

Raimo Niskanen <>
Mon Jun 16 11:32:05 CEST 2008

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 10:43:31AM -0700, Jeff Doran wrote:
> 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.

OK. We will rephrase it. That particular section is from
when there were no -devel versions of ncurses. The -devel
packets has come in later years for Linux binary distros,
and since it is a compile requirement is has always been
obvious (for us) that it is the -devel packet is required.
Some requirements has this updated already.

But times has changed. It is now called -devel packets,
no matter what oldtimers claim... Sigh!

> Thanks.
> - Jeff
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/ Raimo Niskanen, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

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