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Displays and updates text on text-only terminals

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 charcters and function-key mapping, and has all the other SYSV-curses enhancements over BSD curses. It should port easily to any ANSI/POSIX-conforming UNIX-like system. On systems supporting libiconv, the library can be built to support wide- and multibyte-character applications, e.g., UTF-8. The distribution includes the library and support utilities, including a terminfo compiler tic, a decompiler infocmp, clear, tput, tset, and a termcap conversion tool captoinfo.


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version 6.1 (stable)
released on 28 January 2018

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Software prerequisites

Required to buildawk
Required to buildsed
Required to buildmake
Weak prerequisiteC++ compiler
Weak prerequisiteAda95 compiler

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 November 2018.


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