All seems to go again without incident until I attempt to invoke ./emacs which returns with
"emacs: Cannot open termcap database file".
I've read and
searched and tinkered but I just can't see it. I'm a linux newbie and
admit there's probably something obvious I just don't see.
read the termcap is obsolete and terminfo used in conjunction with
ncurses is the proper way to go but no matter what I do emacs continues
to complain about the older termcap database file. I've also read that
this is a fairly
common problem with emacs. I went into Makefile.in
and did #define LIBS_TERMCAP -lcurses and then did #define LIBS_TERMCAP
-lncurses because it appears that I'm using new curses. I tried apt-get
install termcap-compat but that didn't go well and the comment says
that I shouldn't have to do that anyway if I employ the link workaround
above. I did export TERMCAP=emacs. I even copied
/usr/share/terminfo/d/dumb as /usr/share/terminfo/e/emacs - all in
response to hints in various archives.
I do know env|grep TERM tells me I have TERM=xterm and COLORTERM=gnome-terminal.
I also don't understand why the build results in three identical sized emacs executables in different places under /emacs-
. What's up with that?
someone P-L-E-A-S-E point me in a direction that will help me sort out
my termcap problem and get emacs up and running? I even tried to
install xemacs but got the exact same error. At least I'm learning
Thanks very much in advance.