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ncurses and DOS/Windows

From: Alan Meyer
Subject: ncurses and DOS/Windows
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 11:12:50 -0500

As far as I know, ncurses is not now and is unlikely to be available 
for DOS, though there is a Win32 version in the Cygwin package.

However, you may be able to use PDCurses, another freeware, open 
source curses package which is available for DOS.

Here's one link for it that I found on the net:


I have no experience in curses programming.  The other posters on 
this list can give you vastly more authoritative information.  But I 
am also interested in building an application that runs portably on 
UNIX, Linux, Windows, DOS, and possibly other environments.  My hope 
is that I can use a common subset of both pdcurses (for DOS and 
Windows) and ncurses (for Linux and UNIX) that will require only some 
very small conditional compilation statements in my code to enable it 
to compile without modification using either package.

I don't know if that will actually work, and by the time I get around 
to doing it I might give up DOS and do the whole thing in Java.

Good luck.
Alan Meyer
AM Systems, Inc.
Randallstown, MD USA

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