Package Details: ncurses5-compat-libs 6.1-1

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Package Base: ncurses5-compat-libs
Description: System V Release 4.0 curses emulation library, ABI 5
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Licenses: MIT
Conflicts: libtinfo5
Provides: libtinfo5
Submitter: Barthalion
Maintainer: Barthalion
Last Packager: Barthalion
Votes: 515
Popularity: 3.81
First Submitted: 2015-09-18 21:03
Last Updated: 2018-02-24 18:38

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Barthalion commented on 2018-01-02 11:53

For the lazy, you can also install ncurses5-compat-libs package from my personal repository.

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WoefulDerelict commented on 2016-05-23 19:35

This PKGBUILD verifies the authenticity of the source via PGP signatures which are not part of the Arch Linux keyring. In order to complete the process it is necessary to import the key(s) from the ‘validpgpkeys’ array into the user’s keyring before calling makepkg. There is a helpful article explaining this process by one of Arch Linux's developers located here:

Instructions on importing keys from a keyserver and how to automate the retrieval process can be found in the Arch Linux wiki here: This article also contains helpful information describing the installation of GnuPG, its configuration and usage.

Execute the following to import keys using gpg:

gpg --recv-keys <KEYID - See 'validpgpkeys' array in PKGBUILD>

The PGP signature check can be skipped by passing --skippgpcheck to makepkg.

Consult the makepkg manual page for a full list of options. []

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Win8Error commented on 2018-01-01 17:22

Links offline ...

akovacs commented on 2017-12-31 05:17

I'm also getting the "checking whether able to link to dl*() functions... configure: error: Cannot link test program for libdl" error.

As a hacky workaround, you could download the PKGBUILD and append --without-dlsym to the ./configure line (do not use dlsym() to load GPM dynamically, which skips the libdl dependency), but then you might lose mouse support via GPM.

The sample program compiles cleanly on my system which has /usr/lib/ if I specify -ldl explicitly:

cat > test.c <<EOF
#include <dlfcn.h>

int main (void) {
  void *obj;
  if ((obj = dlopen("filename", 0)) != 0) {
    if (dlsym(obj, "symbolname") == 0) {
  return 0;

gcc test.c

/tmp/ccbVksNq.o: In function 'main':
test.c:(.text+0x15): undefined reference to `dlopen'
test.c:(.text+0x33): undefined reference to `dlsym'
test.c:(.text+0x44): undefined reference to `dlclose'
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status

gcc test.c -ldl # Works, no output

ldd /usr/lib/ (0x00007fff02b87000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00007fd6cef60000)
/usr/lib64/ (0x00007fd6cf51c000)

Baemir commented on 2017-12-30 23:00

Ignore LKHN's instructions; follow elicacio's instead.

bertptrs commented on 2017-12-27 14:51

Fails to configure, with the error "checking whether able to link to dl*() functions... configure: error: Cannot link test program for libdl".

This is even stranger because if you compile the sample program for that test manually, everything works fine.

LKHN commented on 2017-12-12 19:20

  • Worked perfectly on fisrt try.
1. Open the latest GPG key from here -
2. Copy form "-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----" to "-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----" in a new text file and rename it thomas_dickey.key
3. gpg --import thomas_dickey.key

TheAifam5 commented on 2017-12-07 22:07

please add "ncurses5-compat-libs" or note after the installation :D

abdo commented on 2017-10-28 18:33

This packages does not build. The linker fails with a missing symbol. I do not fully understand what happened, but looking at the PKGBUILD in core I managed to fix it by adding --with-termlib=tinfo --with-ticlib=tic on the ./configure command line, and removing the symlink to (because it already exists) from package().

zor1984qq commented on 2017-10-23 10:20

Thx it works now.

elicacio commented on 2017-10-02 17:55

Hello guys,

I was able to install the package following the tip of this link

run the following command:
gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 702353E0F7E48EDB


yaourt -S ncurses5-compat-libs

bhimberg commented on 2017-09-06 11:35

This may help some, please comment/correct if I missed something.

For whatever reason, my .gnupg directory was not quite right. I would get an error:
$ gpg --recv-keys C52048C0C0748FEE227D47A2702353E0F7E48EDB
gpg: keyserver receive failed: Cannot assign requested address

I moved my $HOME/.gnupg directory to .gnupg.bak and ran the following:
dirmngr --debug-level guru

This recreated the .gnupg directory and fixed whatever was causing 'Cannot assign requested address'. I think it may be related to useradd or something along those lines: root was able to import keys fine, just not this particular user. Maybe I missed a step in the installation guide?