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Announcing ncurses @VERSION@

- -The ncurses (new curses) library is a free software emulation of -curses in System V Release 4.0, and more. It uses terminfo format, -supports pads and color -and multiple highlights and forms characters and function-key mapping, -and has all the other SYSV-curses enhancements over BSD curses.

- -In mid-June 1995, the maintainer of 4.4BSD curses declared that he -considered 4.4BSD curses obsolete, and encouraged the keepers of -Unix releases such as BSD/OS, FreeBSD and NetBSD to switch over to -ncurses.

- -The ncurses code was developed under GNU/Linux. -It has been in use for some time with OpenBSD as the system curses library, -and on FreeBSD and NetBSD as an external package. -It should port easily to any ANSI/POSIX-conforming UNIX. -It has even been ported to OS/2 Warp!

- -The distribution includes the library and support utilities, including a -terminfo compiler tic(1), a decompiler infocmp(1), clear(1), tput(1), tset(1), -and a termcap conversion tool captoinfo(1). Full manual pages are provided for -the library and tools.

- -The ncurses distribution is available via anonymous FTP at -the GNU distribution site -ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/ . -
It is also available at -ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/ . - -

Release Notes

- -This release is designed to be upward compatible from ncurses 5.0 through 5.4; -very few applications will require recompilation, depending on the platform. -These are the highlights from the change-log since ncurses 5.4 release. -

-Interface changes: -

-New features and improvements: - +

The ncurses distribution includes a selection of test programs + (including a few games).

- -Major bug fixes: - -Portability: - - -

Features of Ncurses

- -The ncurses package is fully compatible with SVr4 (System V Release 4) curses: - - - -The ncurses package also has many useful extensions over SVr4: - - - -

State of the Package

- -Numerous bugs present in earlier versions have been fixed; the -library is far more reliable than it used to be. Bounds checking in many -`dangerous' entry points has been improved. The code is now type-safe -according to gcc -Wall. The library has been checked for malloc leaks and -arena corruption by the Purify memory-allocation tester.

- -The ncurses code has been tested with a wide variety of applications -including (versions starting with those noted): -

-
cdk -
Curses Development Kit -
-http://invisible-island.net/cdk/ -
-http://www.vexus.ca/products/CDK/ -
ded -
directory-editor -
-http://invisible-island.net/ded/ -
dialog -
the underlying application used in Slackware's setup, and the basis -for similar applications on GNU/Linux. -
-http://invisible-island.net/dialog/ -
lynx -
the character-screen WWW browser -
-http://lynx.isc.org/release/ -
Midnight Commander -
file manager -
-http://www.ibiblio.org/mc/ -
mutt -
mail utility -
-http://www.mutt.org/ -
ncftp -
file-transfer utility -
-http://www.ncftp.com/ -
nvi -
New vi versions 1.50 are able to use ncurses versions 1.9.7 and later. -
-http://www.bostic.com/vi/ -
-
pinfo -
Lynx-like info browser. -http://dione.ids.pl/~pborys/software/pinfo/ -
tin -
newsreader, supporting color, MIME -http://www.tin.org/ -
vh-1.6 -
Volks-Hypertext browser for the Jargon File -
-http://www.debian.org/Packages/unstable/text/vh.html -
-as well as some that use ncurses for the terminfo support alone: -
-
minicom -
terminal emulator -
-http://www.netsonic.fi/~walker/minicom.html -
vile -
vi-like-emacs -
-http://invisible-island.net/vile/ -
-

- -The ncurses distribution includes a selection of test programs (including -a few games). - -

Who's Who and What's What

- -Zeyd Ben-Halim -started it from a previous package pcurses, written by Pavel Curtis. -Eric S. Raymond -continued development. -Jürgen Pfeifer wrote most of the form and menu libraries. -Ongoing work is being done by -Thomas Dickey. -Thomas Dickey -acts as the maintainer for the Free Software Foundation, -which holds the copyright on ncurses. -Contact the current maintainers at -bug-ncurses@gnu.org. -

- -To join the ncurses mailing list, please write email to -bug-ncurses-request@gnu.org containing the line: -

-             subscribe <name>@<host.domain>
-
- -This list is open to anyone interested in helping with the development and -testing of this package.

- -Beta versions of ncurses and patches to the current release are made available at -ftp://invisible-island.net/ncurses/ . - -

Future Plans

- -We need people to help with these projects. If you are interested in working -on them, please join the ncurses list. - -

Other Related Resources

- -The distribution provides a newer version of the terminfo-format -terminal description file maintained by -Eric Raymond . -Unlike the older version, the termcap and terminfo data are provided -in the same file.

- -You can find lots of information on terminal-related topics -not covered in the terminfo file at -Richard Shuford's -archive . - - - +

The distribution provides a newer version of the + terminfo-format terminal description file once maintained by + Eric + Raymond . Unlike the older version, the termcap and + terminfo data are provided in the same file, and provides several + user-definable extensions beyond the X/Open specification.

+ +

You can find lots of information on terminal-related topics + not covered in the terminfo file at + Richard Shuford's archive .

+ +