Updated: {ncurses/libncurses-devel/libncurses8/ncurses-demo}-5.7-1

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Tue Feb 24 01:20:00 GMT 2009

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

This will most likely be the final ncurses update for the cygwin-1.5
distribution; future development will continue with ncurses-5.7-10
for cygwin-1.7.

IMPORTANT:  You must upgrade libncurses8 (to 5.7-1) and terminfo (to
5.7_20090221-1) simultaneously.

CHANGES since 5.5-3:
o Update to latest release (5.7) with current patchset (20090221)
o Build using stock cygport 0.4.3
o Build with --with-ticlib (separate add-on library exposes
  internal ncurses details), so that the (now) separately-distributed
  tack program can link successfully.
  - libncurses8 package now additionally includes cygtic-8.dll
o Upstream changes:
  - tack program now distributed separately
  - pkg-config .pc files now provided
  - ncurses8-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 slight change in the organization of the terminfo database,
terminfo entries NOT part of the terminfo package may need to be
manually upgraded or moved.  To improve operation on case-insensitive
platforms, the terminfo database is now organizaed 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             --->   NEW
  r/rxvt-unicode         72/rxvt-unicode

To "fix" any out-of-place entries, you may manually move 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/rxvt-unicode.sh.done

will do the job.

Charles Wilson
ncurses volunteer maintainer for cygwin

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


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