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?


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


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 and enter folder

    tar zvxf ncurses-6.1.tar.gz
    cd ncurses-6.1
  • Install:

    ./configure --prefix=$HOME/local
    make install`
  • before making the same for screen, export this as:

    export LDFLAGS='-L$HOME/local/lib'
    export CPPFLAGS='-I$HOME/local/include'
  • screen download and install:

    cd ~
    wget "https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/screen/screen-4.8.0.tar.gz"
    tar xzvf screen-4.8.0.tar.gz
    mkdir $HOME/local/etc # for install below
    cd screen-4.8.0
    ./configure --prefix=$HOME/local
    # if you got tgetent error use real path instead of $HOME
    make install &&
    install -m 644 $HOME/screen-4.8.0/etc/etcscreenrc $HOME/local/etc/screenrc
    export PATH="$HOME/local/bin:$PATH"

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


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.


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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