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bug#10677: [Chris Leyon] Re: bug#10677: 24.0.93; missing pathmax.h on So
bug#10677: [Chris Leyon] Re: bug#10677: 24.0.93; missing pathmax.h on Solaris
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 19:29:38 -0800
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Thanks for diagnosing the problem. The ncurses 'configure' stuff
changed recently, and it continues to be a mess (with comments
indicating that it's a mess, sigh), but I see two things that cause
your problem. First, 'configure' modifies LIBS for the tputs link
test and then never sets it back, which is normally a no-no (and is a
no-no here); and second, 'configure' assumes that if you can
successfully link to tputs then tputs will work but (as you've found)
this does not always work with dynamic linking.
I can reproduce the problem on my Solaris 10 host when I configure with
configure --with-x-toolkit=lucid --with-gif=no \
and the following patch fixes it for me. Can you give it a try? It
will mean you'll need full set of build tools (which Solaris doesn't
have), so you may need to apply the patch on an up-to-date Linux box,
do a 'make', then 'make distclean', then copy the result to Solaris 10
and run it there. If that's too much to ask, I suppose I could install
it into the trunk and let you try the next pretest.
2012-03-03 Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
configure: fix ncurses 'configure' issue on Solaris 10 (Bug#10677)
* configure.in (LIBS_TERMCAP): Default this to the result of
the tputs library search. Do a run-time test for the linkability
of tputs unless cross-compiling, as that's more reliable if the
link flags and libraries are messed up. Don't change LIBS as
a result of the test, as that may mess up later tests.
=== modified file 'configure.in'
--- configure.in 2012-02-27 03:20:00 +0000
+++ configure.in 2012-03-03 02:20:34 +0000
@@ -2784,11 +2784,43 @@
# It's better to believe a function is not available
# than to expect to find it in ncurses.
# Also we need tputs and friends to be able to build at all.
+AC_MSG_CHECKING([for library containing tputs])
+# Run a test program that contains a call to tputs, a call that is
+# never executed. This tests whether a pre-'main' dynamic linker
+# works with the library. It's too much trouble to actually call
+# tputs in the test program, due to portability hassles. When
+# cross-compiling, assume the test program will run if it links.
+ [[extern void tputs (const char *, int, int (*)(int));
+ int main (int argc, char **argv)
+ if (argc == 10000)
+ tputs (argv, 0, 0);
+ return 0;
# Maybe curses should be tried earlier?
# See http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=9736#35
-AC_SEARCH_LIBS(tputs, [ncurses terminfo termcap curses], ,
-if test "$have_tputs_et_al" != true; then
+for tputs_library in '' ncurses terminfo termcap curses; do
+ if test -z "$tputs_library"; then
+ msg='none required'
+ LIBS="$LIBS_TERMCAP $LIBS"
+ AC_RUN_IFELSE([tputs_link_source], , [msg=no],
+ [AC_LINK_IFELSE([tputs_link_source], , [msg=no])])
+ if test "X$msg" != Xno; then
+if test "X$msg" = Xno; then
AC_MSG_ERROR([The required function `tputs' was not found in any library.
These libraries were tried: libncurses, libterminfo, libtermcap, libcurses.
Please try installing whichever of these libraries is most appropriate
@@ -2807,7 +2839,6 @@
## freebsd < 40000, ms-w32, msdos, netbsd < 599002500, and
## darwin|gnu without ncurses.
case "$opsys" in
## cygwin: Fewer environment variables to go wrong, more terminal types.
## hpux10-20: Use the system provided termcap(3) library.
@@ -2872,10 +2903,6 @@
if test $TERMINFO = yes; then
AC_DEFINE(TERMINFO, 1, [Define to 1 if you use terminfo instead of termcap.])
- ## Default used to be -ltermcap. Add a case above if need something else.
- test "x$LIBS_TERMCAP" = "x" && LIBS_TERMCAP="-lcurses"