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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: {ncurses/libncurses-devel/ncurses-demo}-5.7-3; New: libncurses9-5.7-3

(Okay, libncurses9 isn't actually new, but its buggy 5.7-2 version was
only around for a few days.  It's mostly new.)

ncurses is a package that provides character and terminal handling
libraries, including 'gui-like' panels and menus.  It is often used
instead of termcap.

[[ compiled using gcc-3.4.4-3 ]]

This will most likely be the final ncurses update for the cygwin-1.5
distribution (I hope!); future development will continue with
ncurses-5.7-12 for cygwin-1.7.

CHANGES since 5.7-2:
o No longer build using --with-termlib; removed cygtinfo-9.dll
  from the distribution.
o Fixed bugs in pkg-config .pc files and ncurses9-config script
o Revert ill-advised portion of upstream 20090228 patch that
  completely broke ncurses.
o There are still sufficient ABI changes to justify the -9
  DLL version switch (from previous -8).
o MAINTAINERS: NO NEED for -ltinfo anymore (unlike in the short-
  lived 5.7-2 release).  The contents of libtinfo have been
  folded back in to -lncurses.

CHANGES since 5.5-3:
o Update to latest release (5.7) with current patchset (20090228)
o Build using stock cygport 0.4.3
o Build using --with-ticlib (separate add-on library exposes
  internal ncurses details), so that the (now) separately-distributed
  tack program can link successfully.
  - libncurses9 package now additionally includes cygtic-9.dll
o [XXX OBSOLETE XXX] Build using --with-termlib (separates
  terminfo database parsing and manipulation from terminal window
  control). This will be more useful in 1.7 development, when
  widechar support is added -- because the libtinfo portions are
  character-width agnostic. However, to keep cygwin-1.5 and cygwin-1.7
  version more-or-less in sync, this modification was made here,
  as well.
  - [XXX OBSOLETE XXX] libncurses9 package now additionally
    includes cygtinfo-9.dll
o Turned on 5-button mouse support and sp-funcs
  - these changes, together with the separate ticlib and termlib,
    constitute a new ABI, which is why the DLL version number was
    bumped to 9.
o Did not enable reentrancy, threading support, or wide character
  support. For the first two, see
  The last item may be added later, but only for cygwin-1.7.
o Modified spelling of public, but accessor-wrapped data symbols
  to avoid "private" _nc_* namespace. This ABI change does NOT
  affect the API as used by clients (that is, no source code changes
  should be needed).
o Added preremove script, in preparation for deprecating the
  back-compatibility symlinks in /usr/lib/ncurses and /usr/include.
  This is more of a cygwin-1.7 item, than applicable to cygwin-1.5.
o Upstream changes:
  - tack program now distributed separately
  - pkg-config .pc files now provided
  - ncurses9-config script now provided
  - many more demo programs in ncurses-demo
  - /usr/share/terminfo database now organized by hex code
    of first character (e.g. instead of r/rxvt, we have 72/rxvt
    (0x72 == 'r'). See warning, below.

Because of a change in the organization of the terminfo database,
terminfo entries NOT part of the terminfo package may need to be
manually upgraded or copied.  To improve operation on case-insensitive
platforms, the terminfo database is now organized according to the
two-digit hexadecimal code of the entry's first letter, instead of
organized according to that first letter itself.  For instance:

  OLD (terminfo0) --->   NEW (terminfo)
  r/rxvt-unicode         72/rxvt-unicode

To "fix" any out-of-place entries, you may manually copy them to the
correct location, or re-run tic.exe on the original terminfo source for
that terminal.  In the case of rxvt-unicode:

$ /etc/postinstall/

will do the job.  Note that the old database organization can co-exist
with the new one (with the obvious duplication of data entailed).  Thus,
libncurses8-dependent applications will continue to work properly, so
long as the new terminfo0 package is installed along with the updated
terminfo package.  This upgrade/co-install should happen automatically
without user intervention.

Charles Wilson
ncurses volunteer maintainer for cygwin


To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Then, run setup and answer all of the questions.


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