[blfs-dev] install-tl-unx breakage

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 12:11:52 PDT 2015

Ken Moffat wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 08:56:31AM -0500, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> Ken Moffat wrote:
>>> I've just found out why my xindy tests were failing :-(
>>> The texlive binary needs non-wide ncurses for some things, primarily
>>> xindy.  Ncurses had been stuck at 5.x versions for so long that I
>>> parsed that as non-wide ncurses.so instead of non-wide ncurses.so.5*
>>> Now that we are on ncurses6, the xindy binary breaks.  In the past,
>>> it was easy enough to point to the LFS book.  But now that LFS has
>>> moved to ncurses6, we need ncurses-5.9 and the gcc5_buildfixes-1
>>> patch.
>>> The build is quite straightforward:
>>>   ./configure --prefix=/usr  --with-shared \
>>>    --without-normal --without-debug --without-cxx-binding
>>>   make sources libs
>>>   cp -av lib/lib*.so.5* /usr/lib
>>> But I cannot see any alternative to adding this to blfs _somewhere_,
>>> called ??? (I'd really like to put the non-wide and '5' into the
>>> title, rather than ncurses-5.9.0, but not sure if that is
>>> practical), with a note that this is only for binary packages such
>>> as install-tl-unx which need a non-wide .so.5.
>> Since it is specific to install-tl-unx, then I'd like to see it embedded in
>> that section or in a separate section just prior to
>> install-tl-unx.
>>    -- Bruce
> I had a further thought : please take a look at the Note in LFS
> chroot ncurses (at the bottom of the the Installation part).
> In future, binary software linked to libncurses.so.6 might appear.
> But for the moment the requirement will always be for .so.5 so LFS
> is in practice wrong.
> Therefore, non-wide ncurses 5 needs to be referenced from LFS,
> unless we are going to restrict choice.  I suggest that 'genlib' is
> the proper place, with a Note that this page is only required for
> running binary software that uses libncurses.so.5.

Hmm.  We would need to list the url for 5.9.  I believe the instructions 
would be the same, but there might be a conflict for the
/usr/lib/libcursesw.so.  I suppose we only would need

/usr/lib/libcursesw.so.5  -> libcursesw.so.5.9

to avoid the conflict.

   -- Bruce

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