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Bug 3869

Summary: problems with programs written in c++ and using ncurses
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Péter, Soós <sp>
Component: ncursesAssignee: Preston Brown <pbrown>
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Version: 6.0   
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Hardware: i386   
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Description Péter, Soós 1999-07-02 14:38:46 UTC
There are problems with programs written in c++ and using
ncurses in Redhat Linux 6.0. You'd change in the build
section of spec file as follows:

        --prefix=/usr --with-install-prefix=$RPM_BUILD_ROOT\
        --with-normal --with-shared --with-debug \
--with-profile --with-cxx --without-ada \

Comment 1 Michael K. Johnson 1999-07-29 22:06:59 UTC
We know of several programs written in C++ which use ncurses and
which work fine in 6.0.  Could you please supply more specifics
about what programs aren't working for you and what the problems
are?  Thanks.

Comment 2 Péter, Soós 1999-08-03 13:17:59 UTC
See le-1.5.0-1.src.rpm package on

Comment 3 Preston Brown 1999-08-29 15:59:59 UTC
I had no problem compiling the le package, other than the fact that it
uses the old %attr(mode) format, where it should use
%attr(mode,owner,group) format.  This is why packaging the RPM fails.

Comment 4 Péter, Soós 1999-08-30 06:13:59 UTC
Not the building is the problem but using. The screen handling is
buggy if ncurses is compiled without --with-cxx (e.g. scrolling
down and up fills my screen with the status bar). Ask the author of
the program Alexander V. Lukyanov <>. He suggested
the solution.

Comment 5 Preston Brown 1999-09-23 17:51:59 UTC
I have problems with le even when ncurses is compiled with
"--with-cxx" instead of "--without-cxx".  I don't think the problem
lies there.  the --with-cxx only changes one thing -- it builds the
C++ demos.  It doesn't enable/disable cxx support.

This seems to be an le problem, not an ncurses problem, as far as my
research shows.

Comment 6 Péter, Soós 1999-09-24 07:33:59 UTC
I rebuilt the ncurses package with --with-cxx, install it and after it
I built le-1.5.2-1.src.rpm package on and it
works fine.

Comment 7 Preston Brown 2000-05-05 17:13:59 UTC
ncurses has been fixed for this in 6.2 and later.