[erlang-questions] Build failing on Ubuntu 8.10

Dale Harvey <>
Mon Dec 8 16:00:06 CET 2008


$sudo apt-get build-dep erlang
$sudo apt-get install tk

That will get all the dependancies for you

2008/12/8 Mikael Pettersson <>

> 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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