Saturday, January 28, 2012

Debian "wheezy" ncurses package for "make menuconfig" (kernel compilation)

Once again, I tried to run make menuconfig to configure a kernel, and it complained that it didn't have the ncurses development library installed. But what was the Debian package name for that again?
So I tried the obvious and. . . it worked!
# apt-get install ncurses-dev
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
Note, selecting 'libncurses5-dev' instead of 'ncurses-dev'
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libtinfo-dev
Suggested packages:
  ncurses-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libncurses5-dev libtinfo-dev
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 38 not upgraded.
Need to get 508 kB of archives.
...
Notice that apt-get corrects the bogus package name I gave it (ncurses-dev) to the real package name, libncurses5-dev. Neat.

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