[erlang-questions] Build failing on Ubuntu 8.10

Mikael Pettersson <>
Mon Dec 8 15:50:25 CET 2008


Francois De Serres writes:
 > Hi there,
 > 
 > I am trying to build the latest release on Ubuntu 8.10, using a --prefix=/home/... 
 > ./configure fails with the error below.
 > I tried to install more ncurses libs but it did not help.
 > 
 > Can someone please advise?
 > 
 > Thanks,
 > --
 > François
 > 
 > [...]
 > checking whether the child waiter thread should be enabled... yes on SMP build, but not on non-SMP build
 > checking for tgetent in -lncurses... no
 > checking for tgetent in -lcurses... no
 > checking for tgetent in -ltermcap... no
 > checking for tgetent in -ltermlib... no
 > configure: error: No curses library functions found
 > configure: error: /bin/bash '/home/fdeserres/tmp/otp_src_R12B-5/erts/configure' failed for erts

Presumably you only installed the ncurses runtime libraries?
To build Erlang you also need the development libraries.
(No I don't know what they're called on Ubuntu. ncurses-devel perhaps?)



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