curses is not imported under Linux (and Python 2.4)

Steve Holden steve at
Thu Jan 6 11:56:34 EST 2005

Konrad Koller wrote:

> import curses
> produces the ImportError: No module named _curses
> ("from _curses import *"  in line 15 in
> Of course imp.find_module ("_curses") reports the same error.
> How can I make use of the curses package for writing a Python script
> with curses?

I get the same thing under Windows: _curses is the compiled extension 
supporting the curses library, so I must presume that isn't supported by 
default on Windows.

No problems under Cygwin or on Linux.

Googling for "python curses windows" might provide a few pointers.

Steve Holden     
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