ncurses5 vs. ncurses6

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Thu Nov 5 03:37:04 PST 2015

On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 6:25 AM, René J.V. <rjvbertin at> wrote:

> Out of pure curiosity, does anyone know what happens when an application
> links to ncurses6 and one of its dependencies to a (runtime) library from
> ncurses5?

If it's using terminfo level stuff only and doesn't share it around (e.g.
most uses of readline, which doesn't expose any curses/terminfo
interfaces), it should work fine if it links successfully. Curses level
will probably explode; the internal structures changed a lot, and curses
uses a lot of macros some of which expose (or used to expose) internal

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