Introduction to S-Lang

The S-Lang package contains the S-Lang library, which provides facilities such as display/screen management, keyboard input, and keymaps.

Package Information

S-Lang Dependencies


libpng-1.2.29, PCRE-7.6, and Oniguruma

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/slang

Installation of S-Lang

Install S-Lang by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&

To test the results, issue: make check. Note that this will also create a static version of the library which will then be installed in the next step.

Now, as the root user:

make \
    install_doc_dir=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.1.3 \
    SLSH_DOC_DIR=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.1.3/slsh \
    install-all &&
chmod -v 755 /usr/lib/libslang.so.2.1.3 \

Command Explanations

make install_doc_dir=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.1.3 SLSH_DOC_DIR=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.1.3/slsh install-all: This command installs the static library as well as the dynamic shared version and related modules. It also changes the documentation installation directories to a versioned directory.

--with-readline=gnu: Use this parameter to use the Gnu Readline parser instead of the S-Lang internal version.

Configuring S-Lang

Config Files

~/.slshrc and /etc/slsh.rc

Configuration Information

As with most libraries, there is no configuration to do, save that the library directory, i.e., /opt/lib or /usr/local/lib should appear in /etc/ld.so.conf so that ldd can find the shared libraries. After checking that this is the case, /sbin/ldconfig should be run while logged in as root.


Installed Program: slsh
Installed Libraries: libslang.{so,a} and numerous support modules
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/slang, /usr/share/doc/slang-2.1.3 and /usr/share/slsh

Short Descriptions


is a simple program for interpreting S-Lang scripts. It supports dynamic loading of S-Lang modules and includes a Readline interface for interactive use.

Last updated on 2008-03-12 11:43:44 -0500