Patching packages

Chris Lingard chris at
Sun Nov 3 02:29:13 PST 2002

Argux wrote:

> Hi, I'm new here and I might be asking some stupid questions, buy that's
> how we all start, don't we?
> So, can I install ncurses from source into my Mandrake 8.2 system, even if
> there might be another version installed (I think it's installed, but
> corrupted)? I can't seem to use the already installed version, cause I
> cant find the libcurses.a and the book says I should symlink it to
> /usr/lib, but it doesn't say from _where_.

You can use the souce package to build and overwrite your existing ncurses
> I'd install it from the RPM (the libcurses-devel package, i mean) but it
> says it's already installed, so i try to uninstall it, then it tells me it
> needs to uninstall the kernel sources too. Is that safe? Can I do that and
> later reinstall the kernel sources? Or can I safely use ncurses-5.3
> instead of 5.2 for all purposes?

Your safe doing this; you do not need the kernel sources, unless you are 
building some very old package

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