I tried to install the screen command on RedHat from source code. But when I run the configure, it returned

configure: error: !!! no tgetent - no screen

So does anyone know how to fix it?

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You should install package ncurses-devel -- Should be done via sudo yum install ncurses-devel


I installed libncurses5-dev on Ubuntu 14.04 to fix the issue - as I received the same error message.

I ran sudo rm -fR autom4te.cache in the same directory, Makefile was then created, then smooth sailing.


This answer suits well for those needing to install ncurses also from source, also in a local folder:

  • Download ncurses: wget "https://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/ncurses/ncurses-6.1.tar.gz"

  • untar tar zvxf ncurses-6.1.tar.gz and enter folder

  • Install as in:

    ./configure --prefix=$HOME/local make make install

  • before making the same for screen, export this as:

    export LDFLAGS='-L$HOME/local/lib' export CPPFLAGS='-I$HOME/local/include'

  • go to screen untar folder

    ./configure --prefix=$HOME/local make install && install -m 644 $HOME/screen-4.6.2/etc/etcscreenrc $HOME/local/etc/screenrc

Related to: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/348184/can-not-find-screen-and-how-to-install-it-without-network-and-administration

Source: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/general/screen.html


You need to install libncurses5-dev and then try your configure -> make process again.

Exec this command:

sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
  • Although I believe your answer is correct, you should include some more information on why your answer solves the question. Like why you suggest to install that specific package etc. – Mogget Dec 17 '16 at 21:38

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