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Re: libtermcap

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: libtermcap
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 19:21:07 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007, Michail Vidiassov wrote:

Dear All,

in my system (Mac OS X) there is a symlink to libncurses
dynamic library called libtermcap (in /usr/lib, system location).

What is the likely reason for making it?

It's probably there to support things such as the shell (sh/csh)
which generally uses termcap.

Can libncursesw be compile with enable-termcap and linked that way
or such a link makes sense only for non-wide ncurses?

The enable-termcap option lets ncurses read termcap files (such as /etc/termcap in addition to the normal terminfo database). Whether that option is used or not, ncurses provides a termcap interface. The interfaces for the terminfo/termcap functions in ncurses are identical no matter whether it is normal or wide.

_Replacing_ the system's shared libraries can be awkward - I can't
give much advice on Max OS X...

If I intend to have both wide and non-wide libraries installed,
I have to compile wide curses without --enable-termcap,
non-wide with --enable-termcap and make that symlink, right?

I _think_ you could make the libtermcap link to either library.

Thomas E. Dickey

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