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: 455
Popularity: 13.140832
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 developer's 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>

Latest Comments

wookietreiber commented on 2018-04-12 09:19

This package does not compile with LTO. Please add these lines to PKGBUILD right before the build function:

export CFLAGS="${CFLAGS/-flto/}"

export CXXFLAGS="${CXXFLAGS/-flto/}"

export LDFLAGS="${LDFLAGS/-flto/}"

Aleksman commented on 2018-04-09 21:41

What's wrong with that package? I can't understand why some packages need it although there are already exists newer version of ncurses package in repositories.

What's the problem with pgp sign? It says, that i have already key 702353E0F7E48EDB and its not changed. But package sign not valid. It's a developer fault or mantainer?

Tennesse commented on 2018-03-17 12:01

Hey guys,

Elicacio's solution worked for me as well!

Thanks for that!

fredszaq commented on 2018-02-21 10:51

Would it be possible to update this to 6.1 ? I've no color output in gradle without this, and with the current version it just crashes...

Here's a corrected PKGBUILD (I've got colored output on gradle with this)

# Maintainer:  Bartłomiej Piotrowski <>
# Contributor: Allan McRae <>
# Contributor: judd <>

pkgdesc='System V Release 4.0 curses emulation library, ABI 5'
arch=(i686 x86_64)
depends=(glibc gcc-libs sh)
validpgpkeys=('C52048C0C0748FEE227D47A2702353E0F7E48EDB')  # Thomas Dickey

build() {
  cd ${_pkgname}-${pkgver}

  ./configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man \
    --with-shared --with-normal --without-debug --without-ada --enable-widec \
    --disable-pc-files --with-cxx-binding --with-cxx-shared --with-abi-version=5

package() {
  cd ${_pkgname}-${pkgver}
  make DESTDIR="$pkgdir" install.libs
  rm -rf "$pkgdir/usr/include/" "$pkgdir/usr/lib/pkgconfig" \

  # fool packages looking to link to non-wide-character ncurses libraries
  for lib in ncurses ncurses++ form panel menu; do
    ln -s /usr/lib/lib${lib} "$pkgdir/usr/lib/lib${lib}.so.5"
  ln -s /usr/lib/ "$pkgdir/usr/lib/"

  # install license, rip it from the readme
  install -d "$pkgdir/usr/share/licenses/$pkgname"
  grep -B 100 '$Id' README > "$pkgdir/usr/share/licenses/$pkgname/LICENSE"


mirh commented on 2018-02-15 09:50

Could somebody give a check to the symbol versioning of ?

It's quite annoying to have info warnings spawned millions of times in console during linking.

EDIT: fixed by adding --with-versioned-syms configure switch

jaap commented on 2018-02-13 14:07

curl: (22) The requested URL returned error: 416 curl can't download ncurses-6.0-20170902.tgz

Barthalion commented on 2018-02-11 19:50

Thank you for your very detailed comment.

Anonymo commented on 2018-02-11 14:52

Thank you for the repo but the package itself is not building.

amos commented on 2018-01-30 10:50

Seems that the copyright section in the README (currently ripped as LICENSE) is rather out of date; however there exists also a COPYING file, probably better to use that.

Barthalion commented on 2018-01-14 16:51

Very unlikely to happen. The point always was to have a package providing only libraries just for proprietary applications.

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