curses module

Karl M. Syring syring at
Sun Feb 3 13:11:43 CET 2002

"J.Jacob" <joost_jacob at> schrieb^
> > > Why in the std distribution of Python 2.2 there isn't the curses
> > > module?
> [Gerhard Häring]
> > If you're using Windows, that explains it ;-) There is indeed no curses
> > module included in the Python binary distribution for Windows. IIRC the
> > reason is that there is no ncurses library readily available on win32 to
> > build the curses support against.
> There have been many more questions about curses for Windows.  There
> is even no alternative in the Python distribution, you can download
> 3rd party packages like WConio or console but you have to compile them
> yourself and you are out of luck if you do not have that MSVC++
> compiler the Python team choose if you want to communicate with their
> libraries.  This is a bad situation and it comes up again and again
> when you [have to] use Windows.  For a programming class in school
> [never did see a school using linux except university] it would be
> good if Python came with something like curses for Windows, the
> flickering menus look bad and give Python a bad reputation.  And no,
> you do not want to start a programming class with explaing TKinter and
> callbacks hehe :-)

This is utter nonsense. Pdcurses simply works on Windows.

Karl M. Syring

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