[PATCH 3/4] Better recognition of ncurses header files

Cyril Bur cyrilbur at gmail.com
Thu Nov 16 14:49:13 AEDT 2017

This patch was lifted directly from:

The commit message reads:
  If ax_with_ncurses finds a ncursesw instance the former code checks
  only for <ncursesw/panelh>. If not there the search fails.
  That let to problems at least in Arch Linux which has only <panel.h>
  The patched version here checks first for <ncursesw/panel.h> and if
  not found also for <panel.h>.

  Tested for the following distributions:

  Gentoo, Debian 7..9, Linux Mint 17 and 18.1, Arch Linux, Ubuntu

ARCH Linux builds ncurses with wide character support but does not add
any ncurses specific headers. nurses its self (by default) adds almost
no ncurses specific headers. No {prefix}/include/ncurses directory. In
fact the only ncurses specific file is the ncurses.h symlink to
curses.h, other than that there are no ncurses headers.

The ax_with_curses.m4 script detects if the installed ncurses has wide
character support. It checks using code snippets against all possible
ncurses header files.

If the ax_with_curses.m4 script detects wide character support the
ax_with_curses_extra.m4 will only look for extra curses features (in
the case of petitboot, form.h and menu.h) inside the
{prefix}/include/ncurses directory, when they could simply be in

Signed-off-by: Cyril Bur <cyrilbur at gmail.com>
As an added side note: carrying these is an extremely good idea, it
appears upstream is subtly broken (I really didn't go that much into
it), just know that pulling upstream doesn't work.
Confirmed here: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=840974

 m4/ax_with_curses_extra.m4 | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/m4/ax_with_curses_extra.m4 b/m4/ax_with_curses_extra.m4
index e0de4a6..67a1a68 100644
--- a/m4/ax_with_curses_extra.m4
+++ b/m4/ax_with_curses_extra.m4
@@ -200,6 +200,11 @@ AC_DEFUN([_AX_WITH_CURSES_EXTRA], [
     ], [
         AS_IF([test "x$ax_cv_curses_which" = xncursesw], [
             _AX_WITH_CURSES_CHECKEXTRA([$1], [$2], [$3], [ncursesw/$4], [$5])
+            dnl This fixes problem building on distos with 'odd'
+            dnl ncurses header file setups
+            AS_IF([test x$[]ax_cv_[]m4_tolower($1) != "xyes"], [
+                _AX_WITH_CURSES_CHECKEXTRA([$1], [$2], [$3], [$4], [$5])
+            ])
         ], [test "x$ax_cv_curses_which" = xncurses], [
             _AX_WITH_CURSES_CHECKEXTRA([$1], [$2], [$3], [ncurses/$4], [$6])
             _AX_WITH_CURSES_CHECKEXTRA([$1], [$2], [$3], [$4], [$6])

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