[arch-general] race condition when upgrading the new ncurses package

Eli Schwartz eschwartz93 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 17:04:34 UTC 2015

On 09/18/2015 12:46 PM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> Hi,
> is there anything speaking against making such updates more
> comfortable?
> Since the login shell is affected, it's not a simple chicken-and-egg
> problem an Arch user usually expects to happen.
> Providing a transition package including libncursesw.so.5 might cause
> to much work, but why not at least mentioning it by the news on
> https://www.archlinux.org/ ?
> It seemingly wasn't a serious issue for the OP and it neither hits me
> between the eyes, however, a user might have a bad day and doesn't
> notice it, especially if it's not mentioned by the news.
> Btw. thank you Damjan for the heads up :).
> My workaround was to mv -i the libs [1]. Btw. packages from AUR are
> affected too.
> 2 cents,
> Ralf

I don't think the login shell was affected, just an error when the
post_upgrade function failed to call install-info.

Your login shell should be reloaded when you log back in.

As for AUR packages, if they need to link against ncurses then they need
to be rebuilt. Leave a comment on those packages that they should
receive a pkgrel bump so they are rebuilt against ncurses 6.0

Just like all the corresponding packages in the main repos.

Eli Schwartz

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