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Subject[PATCH v2] kconfig: Check for libncurses before menuconfig
On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 06:15:53PM +0900, Masahiro Yamada wrote:
> Could you change line 199
> $(addprefix $(obj)/,$(lxdialog)): $(obj)/dochecklxdialog
> to
> $(addprefix $(obj)/, mconf.o $(lxdialog)): $(obj)/dochecklxdialog
> and send v2, please?

Here it is:

From: Borislav Petkov <>
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2017 15:07:08 +0200
Subject: [PATCH v2] kconfig: Check for libncurses before menuconfig

There is a check and a nice user-friendly message when the curses
library is not present on the system and the user wants to do "make
menuconfig". It doesn't get issued, though. Instead, we fail the build
when mconf.c doesn't find the curses.h header:

HOSTCC scripts/kconfig/mconf.o
In file included from scripts/kconfig/mconf.c:23:0:
scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/dialog.h:38:20: fatal error: curses.h: No such file or directory
#include CURSES_LOC
compilation terminated.

Make sure dochecklxdialog gets run before mconf is compiled so that the
user sees the error message instead:

$ make menuconfig
*** Unable to find the ncurses libraries or the
*** required header files.
*** 'make menuconfig' requires the ncurses libraries.
*** Install ncurses (ncurses-devel) and try again.
scripts/kconfig/Makefile:203: recipe for target 'scripts/kconfig/dochecklxdialog' failed
make[1]: *** [scripts/kconfig/dochecklxdialog] Error 1
Makefile:548: recipe for target 'menuconfig' failed
make: *** [menuconfig] Error 2

Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <>
scripts/kconfig/Makefile | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/scripts/kconfig/Makefile b/scripts/kconfig/Makefile
index 90a091b6ae4d..eb8144643b78 100644
--- a/scripts/kconfig/Makefile
+++ b/scripts/kconfig/Makefile
@@ -196,7 +196,7 @@ clean-files += config.pot linux.pot

# Check that we have the required ncurses stuff installed for lxdialog (menuconfig)
PHONY += $(obj)/dochecklxdialog
-$(addprefix $(obj)/,$(lxdialog)): $(obj)/dochecklxdialog
+$(addprefix $(obj)/, mconf.o $(lxdialog)): $(obj)/dochecklxdialog
$(Q)$(CONFIG_SHELL) $(check-lxdialog) -check $(HOSTCC) $(HOST_EXTRACFLAGS) $(HOSTLOADLIBES_mconf)


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