Updated: ncurses-5.2-8 and libncurses6-5.2-8

Charles Wilson cwilson@ece.gatech.edu
Tue Dec 31 07:35:00 GMT 2002

The ncurses package has been updated to ncurses-5.2-8.  Similarly,
libncurses6 has been updated to version 5.2-8 as well.  ncurses is a
package that provides character and terminal handling libraries,
including 'gui-like' panels and menus.  It is often used instead of

CHANGES to the ncurses package:

   1. Fix for the BROKEN_LINKER problem
   2. Internal changes to facilitate easier building/maintainance
   3. /usr/doc/Cygwin/ncurses*.README was WAY out of date.

See NOTES below for additional information.


To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Then, run setup and update the ncurses and libncurses6

Note that we have recently stopped downloads from sources.redhat.com
(aka cygwin.com) due to bandwidth limitations.  This means that you will
need to find a mirror which has this update.

In the US,
is a reliable high bandwidth connection.

In the UK,
is usually up-to-date within 48 hours.

If one of the above doesn't have the latest version of this package
then you can either wait for the site to be updated or find another

If you have questions or comments, please send them to the Cygwin
mailing list at: cygwin@cygwin.com .  I would appreciate if you would
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o If you are building a package that depends on the ncurses library,
and you wish to link *statically*, use 'gcc -static' to link.  To
link dynamically, no special link-time flags are necessary (unless
you're using an older binutils, in which case you must use 'gcc -Wl,--
enable-auto-import' when linking)

o No special -Ddefine options options are needed at compile-time when
building a package that depends any of the ncurses libraries, whether
linking statically or dynamically.

--Chuck Wilson

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