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Announcing ncurses @VERSION@

+ + + + + Announcing ncurses @VERSION@ + + + + + +

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 5.8; very few applications + will require recompilation, depending on the platform. These are + the highlights from the change-log since ncurses 5.8 release. +

+ This is a bug-fix release, correcting a small number of urgent problems + in the ncurses library from the 5.8 release. +

+ It also improves the Ada95 binding: +

+ +

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: + + - -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:

-

-
ded -
directory-editor -ftp://ftp.clark.net/pub/dickey/ded. -
dialog -
the underlying application used in Slackware's setup, and the basis -for similar applications on Linux. -
lynx-2.7 -
the character-screen WWW browser -
ncftp 2.0 -
file-transfer utility -
nvi -
New vi versions 1.50 are able to use ncurses versions 1.9.7 and later. -
taper -
tape archive utility -
vh-1.6 -
Volks-Hypertext browser for the Jargon File -
-as well as some that use ncurses for the terminfo support alone: -
-
minicom-1.75 -
terminal emulator -
tin-unoff -
tin (unofficial) newsreader, supporting color, MIME -ftp://ftp.akk.uni-karlsruhe.de/pub/news/clients/tin-unoff. -
vile -
vi-like-emacs -ftp://ftp.clark.net/pub/dickey/vile. -
-

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

Who's Who and What's What

- -The original maintainer of ncurses is Zeyd Ben-Halim. Unfortunately, -he can only work on the package part time. As a result, since 1.8.1, -much of the enhancement work and documentation has been done -by Eric S. Raymond. -The current primary maintainers are -Thomas Dickey -and -Juergen Pfeifer. -

- -There is an ncurses mailing list. It is a majordomo list; to join, write -to ncurses-request@mailgate.bsdi.com with a message containing the line: -

+    
the character-screen WWW browser
+ http://lynx.isc.org/release/
+ +
Midnight Commander
+ +
file manager
+ http://www.midnight-commander.org/
+ +
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.
+ https://sites.google.com/a/bostic.com/keithbostic/nvi
+
+ +
pinfo
+ +
Lynx-like info browser. https://alioth.debian.org/projects/pinfo/
+ +
tin
+ +
newsreader, supporting color, MIME http://www.tin.org/
+ as well as some that use ncurses for the terminfo support + alone: + +
+
minicom
+ +
terminal emulator
+ http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/
+ +
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://ftp.clark.net/pub/dickey/ncurses. - -

Future Plans

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

The terminfo/termcap Database

- -The distribution includes and uses a copy of the terminfo-format -terminal description file maintained by Eric Raymond. - -You can download either the -termcap -or -terminfo -versions of the terminal-type -database from Eric's ncurses page, -http://www.ccil.org/~esr/ncurses.html.

- -

Other Related Resources

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

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 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 .

+ +