Updating emacs fails

Thomas Dickey dickey at radix.net
Sun Oct 23 23:40:05 UTC 2011

On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 11:23:36PM -0000, John Levine wrote:
> >ncurses is already in the base system - with different options. ...
> >> Did you try installing the ncurses port and then rebuilding emacs? For 
> >> some reason the library in the ncurses port doesn't define the termcap 
> >> routines, leading to the problem.
> >
> >Whether or not the termcap routines are provided isn't configurable.
> >However, emacs could be confused since they're implemented on top
> >of terminfo.
> It sounds to me like the right thing to do is to fix emacs' configuration
> so it always uses the base system ncurses whether or not the package
> version is there.  Right?

maybe/maybe not.  It depends on what emacs needs - whether it only works
with either its own termcap module or a conventional termcap library in
the system.  Probably its installation documentation tells what's needed.

Thomas E. Dickey
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