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Still using gcc 3.4.4 - problem with -lncurses

Using cygwin 1.7 and gcc 3.4.4 I have a line in a script

gcc -o myexec -o3 ./my.a -lreadline -lncurses -lm

which has worked since the Dawn of Time. Just now I had to rebuild myexec and got an error message

/usr/lib/gcc/i686-pc-cygwin/3.4.4/../../../../i686-pc-cygwin/bin/ld: cannot find -lncurses
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

Strange because I have

setup.exe -P {variouspackages},ncurses,{morepackages}

as my one-line setup command (also with a long history of nofail working). But on inspection I see files and folders

/usr/include/ncursesw NOT /usr/include/ncurses
/usr/lib/ncursesw* NOT /usr/include/ncurses*

all dated Feb 15. Did I miss some massive re-configuration and re-naming then?

Rewriting the gcc line with -lncursesw not -lncurses works.

However ... I'd quite like to keep this line for the simple reason that it works in Linux as well as (up to now) Cygwin. I could write a branch but I'd prefer to write a link something like

ln -s ncursesw ncurses

under /usr/include/ or something similar but presumably more complicated under /usr/lib/.

Have I identified the cause of the breakage (some kind of supersession on or about Feb 15)? Have others tripped up? Is there a good cure?

Thank you.


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