Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 121228
kernel configuration via "make menuconfig" fails without ncurses-devel
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:40 EST
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Description of problem:
Kernel configuration via the "menuconfig" interface requires
ncurses.h, apparently distributed in ncurses-devel. If ncurses is not
available in the include path then a slew of compilation errors is
emitted and the process terminates before the configuration screen is
ever displayed. The kernel-source RPM apparently does not assert a
dependency on ncurses-devel, but it should do in order to prevent this
The easy workaround is to simply ensure that the ncurses-devel package
is installed, but _finding_ that workaround might not be
straightforward for many affected users.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the kernel-source RPM
2. Remove the ncurses-devel RPM if installed (this should fail, but
3. Change to the kernel source directory under /usr/src and execute
Actual Results: A slew of compilation errors were emitted; near the
top was a message indicating that include file ncurses.h was not found.
Expected Results: The menu-based kernel configuration starts and runs.
ok added to the REquires: of kernel-source so that you'll get
ncurses-devel automatically (or at least via rpm dependencies)
thanks for reporting this
This does not appear to have been added yet ?
it is in the trunk at least.