Monday, 29 October 2012

slang and slrn

If you face the following error while trying to compile slrn newsreader :-
checking for the slang library and header files....no
configure: error: unable to find the slang library and header file slang.h

This error message is misleading. it does not mean that you dont have the slang.h file. What happened to me was i was having 64 bit slang-devel package. Installing 32 bit slang-devel which brings in 32 bit slang package and then it compiles cleanly.

It is a pitty that centos 6 does not have a command line news reader and i have to compile the news reader slrn from source. I thought linux users are command line lovers and they dont have a command line news reader in repos of centos 6.