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Re: Packages depending on libncurses5 but not build-depending on libncurses-dev



On 2011-10-21 12:13 +0200, Colin Watson wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 08:48:20PM +0200, Sven Joachim wrote:
>> 
>> Actually, just adding the build dependency is not the best solution in
>> such cases, since you'll get a spurious dependency on libncurses5
>> (dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: dependency on libncurses.so.5 could be avoided
>> if "debian/spectemu-x11/usr/bin/xspect" were not uselessly linked
>> against it (they use none of its symbols)).
>> 
>> TRT is to patch the upstream build system and fix the
>> configure.in/configure.ac/Makefile files which erroneously believe that
>> -lncurses/-lcurses/-ltermcap is necessary for linking against readline.
>
> Ah, thanks.  That's more effort than I expected anyone else to go to for
> investigating a contrib package. ;-)

Actually I'm investigating (i.e. building) all of these packages, and
the vast majority of them has the same problem.  Only a handful or so
have reason to link against ncurses.  I'll send a status update soon.

> Fixed properly in 0.94a-14.

Thanks!

Cheers,
       Sven

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