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Bug 836696 - sys-libs/ncurses: remove symlink
Summary: sys-libs/ncurses: remove symlink
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages
Keywords: PullRequest
Depends on:
Blocks: 836155
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Reported: 2022-04-03 14:24 UTC by Michał Górny
Modified: 2022-04-15 08:19 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Michał Górny archtester Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev Security 2022-04-03 14:24:13 UTC
Let's remove the "" symlink from ncurses package.

Firstly, it shouldn't really be needed by anything.  I did a quick test and no packages failed after removing it but admittedly a full tinderbox run would be better.  Nevertheless, between ncurses-y header install directories and libtinfo use, I honestly doubt any real software using -lcurses is still going to work.

Secondly, this breaks CMake's detection of libtinfo.  Surely, this is CMake logic being odd and a whole lot of packages is working this around already but removing "" is an easy way to make everything work out of the box.
Comment 1 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2022-04-06 18:08:09 UTC
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):

commit 1117e617c725e6d474628336fd5c2a6068d5eb76
Author:     Michał Górny <>
AuthorDate: 2022-04-06 18:07:58 +0000
Commit:     David Seifert <>
CommitDate: 2022-04-06 18:07:58 +0000

    sys-libs/ncurses: Remove symlink
    Signed-off-by: Michał Górny <>
    Signed-off-by: David Seifert <>

 sys-libs/ncurses/ncurses-6.3_p20211106-r1.ebuild | 357 +++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 357 insertions(+)