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Re: how to compile programs using (n)curses

Felix Natter wrote:
> hi,
> when I try to compile a simple (n)curses program using cygwin,
> I get lots of "undefined reference"-messages, one for each ncurses function,
> but with a "impl_" prepended (i.e. impl_waddch).

You probably mean "_imp_" is prepended.  The problem is a mismatch
between your compilation command and your link command.  Apparently, you
did this:

(compile): gcc -c foo.c -o foo.o
and one of the following:
(link   ): gcc -static -o foo.exe foo.o -lncurses
(link   ): gcc -o foo.exe foo.o /usr/lib/libncurses.a

That is, you compiled with the default flags, which set things up for
dll linking, but then explicitly linked to the static library (by
specifying -static, or listing the static lib on the command line

If you want static linking, then you must compile all your object files
with the -DNCURSES_STATIC flag:
(compile): gcc -DNCURSES_STATIC -c foo.c -o foo.o
then link as above.

If you want dynamic linking, then compile normally (no _STATIC flags)
but link as follows:
(link   ): gcc -o foo.exe foo.o -lncurses (no -static flag, or)
(link   ): gcc -o foo.exe foo.o /usr/lib/libncurses.dll.a

You will probably find /usr/doc/Cygwin/ncurses-5.2.README of interest,
as well as the cygwin-announce messages referenced in that README.


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