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How to install Vifm 0.8 on ubuntu?

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asked Oct 29, 2015 in vifm by Dazy
retagged Oct 29, 2015 by xaizek

Good day!

I think that Vifm is the best file manager ever. I have long been using it on Mac, but when I tried to install it on Ubuntu 15.10, I was faced with difficulties.

If you use "sudo apt-get install vifm" that will be installed 0.7.8 version. (Why not 0.8??)

And if you try to install 0.8 version from sources that you will see: "configure: error: libncursesw not found"

Maybe I missed something?

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answered Oct 29, 2015 by xaizek

Hello!

Great to hear that you find Vifm useful.

If you use "sudo apt-get install vifm" that will be installed 0.7.8 version. (Why not 0.8??)

0.8 wasn't packaged for Debian and even if it were it probably wouldn't make it into Ubuntu that fast (Ubuntu uses Debian packages and it takes time and efforts of package maintainer to update it there).

And if you try to install 0.8 version from sources that you will see: "configure: error: libncursesw not found"

Maybe I missed something?

You need to install development version of libncursesw in order to build applications that use it from sources.

As noted in the INSTALL file, corresponding package is called libncursesw5-dev, so doing

sudo apt-get install libncursesw5-dev

before the build should fix the issue for you.

If you would like to make a bug report or feature request consider using GitHub, SourceForge or e-mail. Posting such things here won't be considered as spam, but this is not a perfect place for it.
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