Bug 122336 - ncurses whithout gpm breaks console apps
ncurses whithout gpm breaks console apps
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: ncurses (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Eido Inoue
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Reported: 2004-05-03 09:34 EDT by Matt Phillips
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: 5.4-5
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Last Closed: 2004-05-06 12:24:24 EDT
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Description Matt Phillips 2004-05-03 09:34:33 EDT
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Description of problem:
Apps such as "dialog" that rely on ncurses behave badly when run from
the console if /dev/gpmctl doesn't exist.  An error message (below) is
output to stderr.  The same applications work fine run not from the
console.  Recompiling ncurses without gpm support solves this.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
ncurses >= 5.3-5  (this was an issue in FC1 as well)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up a machine without a mouse (or possibly stop gpm, just make
sure that /dev/gpmctl doesn't exist)
2. From the console, run:
dialog --msgbox "Hello World" 0 0 2>/tmp/foo
3. cat /tmp/foo

Actual Results:  The following is output to stderr from ncurses:
*** info [lib/liblow.c(326)]:
/dev/gpmctl: No such file or directory
*** err [lib/liblow.c(333)]:
/dev/gpmctl: No such file or directory
*** err [lib/liblow.c(377)]:
Oh, oh, it's an error! possibly I die!

Expected Results:  No error.

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