I just tried running a program installed through a .deb package and get this error:

error while loading shared libraries: libreadline.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Does anyone know which library or package libreadline is a part of? If so, how do I install and make sure it is version 5?


  • I see the same error when running the command using sudo – Matt Norris Oct 11 '09 at 19:57

There is a package libreadline5 in lenny: http://packages.debian.org/lenny/libreadline5

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