Ncurses not found - embedded linux

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Thu Mar 6 21:17:51 CET 2008

blaine schrieb:
> Hello Everyone!
>   I am hoping that someone out there can help me out with this
> problem.  We are using a gumstix platform to develop an embedded
> system.  All that really matters is that it is an ARM processor
> running an embedded linux, details to follow.  Gumstix has its own
> kernel tree that we cross compile for the system.  We do have python,
> and it has all of the modules that I need except for one.  I need
> ncurses (module curses).  I can't seem to figure out how to get it to
> work - and the only documentation I can find is for Windows (because
> windows doesn't have ncurses).  We have enabled ncurses support in the
> kernel menu, and that has not helped.  I can't seem to trace down
> where we would 'enable' ncurses support?  All other modules seem to
> work that I've tried (termios, sys, os, etc.)
> Output from python:
> [root at gumstix ~]# python
> , Feb 20 2008, 11:07:36)
> [GCC 4.1.1] on linux2
> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>>> import curses
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
>   File "/usr/lib/python2.4/curses/", line 15, in ?
>     from _curses import *
> ImportError: No module named _curses
> [root at gumstix ~]# uname -a
> Linux gumstix 2.6.21gum #1 Tue Mar 4 15:31:07 EST 2008 armv5tel
> unknown
> [root at gumstix lib]# ls /usr/lib/*curses*
> /usr/lib/libcurses.a@   /usr/lib/libncurses.a   /usr/lib/
> [root at gumstix lib-dynload]# ls _*
>**  *
> I hope this is trivial, and I apologize ahead of time if so.  Would
> this perhaps be a compilation issue? Something we have to turn on in
> the python compile?

Usually, you need not only the libraries but also the headers at 
compilation time. Most probably these were missing.


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