[erlang-questions] Build failing on Ubuntu 8.10

Joe Armstrong <>
Fri Dec 12 20:36:12 CET 2008


I did an Erlang install on ubuntu 8.10 last week - two extra
packages must be installed.

ncurses-dev (or whatever it's called) and M4

Once you've installed the ncurses dev configure will pass
the basic tests (it will probably complain about ssl etc - but ignore this, or
install open ssl)

When you run make it will probably fail because m4 is missing (it did for me)

do

$sudu apt-get install m4

then

$make clean
$./configure
$make

The make clean is important


/Joe Armstrong


On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM, Gleb Peregud <> wrote:
> Your system is missing curses library. Probably
>
> sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
>
> will fix this
>
> Gleb Peregud
> http://gleber.pl/
>
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>
>
> On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:25 PM, Francois De Serres <> wrote:
>> 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
>>
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