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Cannot open termcap database file

From: NAKAJI Hiroyuki
Subject: Cannot open termcap database file
Date: 23 Oct 2001 20:24:08 +0900
User-agent: T-gnus/6.15.3 (based on Oort Gnus v0.03) (revision 06) SEMI/1.14.3 (Ushinoya) FLIM/1.14.3 (Unebigoryƍmae) APEL/10.3 Emacs/20.7 (i386--freebsd) MULE/4.0 (HANANOEN)


I tried emacs-21.1 on my Debian/ppc and failed. :(

First, 'make all' failed because the linker option '-z nocombreloc' is
not available. I removed it and compilation is done.

Second, this is more serious, src/emacs cannot start with an error
message, "Cannot open termcap database file".

I watched src/term.c and src/termcap.c, and found that this error
occurs because my Debian does not have /etc/termcap.

In tgetent() in src/termcap.c,

  /* Here we know we must search a file and termcap_name has its name.  */

#ifdef MSDOS
  fd = open (termcap_name, O_RDONLY|O_TEXT, 0);
  fd = open (termcap_name, O_RDONLY, 0);
  if (fd < 0)
    return -1;  /* <- This leads to fatal() in term.c */

But I have never seen this kind of error with emacs-20.7 and the
system is using terminfo instead of termcap.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
NAKAJI Hiroyuki

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