Debian Bug report logs - #227586
ncurses-bin: tput should write its name when outputting an error message

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Package: ncurses-bin; Maintainer for ncurses-bin is Craig Small <>; Source for ncurses-bin is src:ncurses.

Reported by: Vincent Lefevre <>

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 00:33:10 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Found in version 5.3.20030719-4

Fixed in version ncurses/5.3.20030719-5

Done: Daniel Jacobowitz <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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From: Vincent Lefevre <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: ncurses-bin: tput should write its name when outputting an error message
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 23:53:49 +0100
Package: ncurses-bin
Version: 5.3.20030719-4
Severity: wishlist

When TERM isn't defined, tput outputs the following error message:

No value for $TERM and no -T specified

However, when programs are called from a script, it is very difficult
to find where such messages come from. Something like

tput: no value for $TERM and no -T specified


/usr/bin/tput: no value for $TERM and no -T specified

would be much better. Ditto for the other error messages of course,
but I haven't checked...

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: powerpc
Kernel: Linux 2.4.22-powerpc #1 Mon Jan 5 18:06:42 UTC 2004 ppc
Locale: LANG=POSIX, LC_CTYPE=en_US.ISO8859-1

Versions of packages ncurses-bin depends on:
ii  libc6                     2.3.2.ds1-10   GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libncurses5               5.3.20030719-4 Shared libraries for terminal hand

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From: Daniel Jacobowitz <>
Subject: Bug#227586: fixed in ncurses 5.3.20030719-5
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 01:26:33 +0000
Source: ncurses
Source-Version: 5.3.20030719-5

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
ncurses, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/n/ncurses/libncurses5-dbg_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/libncurses5-dev_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/libncurses5_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/libncursesw5-dbg_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/libncursesw5-dev_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/libncursesw5_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/ncurses-base_5.3.20030719-5_all.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/ncurses-bin_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/ncurses-term_5.3.20030719-5_all.deb
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/ncurses_5.3.20030719-5.diff.gz
  to pool/main/n/ncurses/ncurses_5.3.20030719-5.dsc

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
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and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

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Format: 1.7
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 14:32:08 -0500
Source: ncurses
Binary: ncurses-base lib64ncurses5 libncursesw5-dev libncursesw5-dbg ncurses-bin libncurses5 libncursesw5 libncurses5-dev ncurses-term libncurses5-dbg lib64ncurses5-dev
Architecture: source i386 all
Version: 5.3.20030719-5
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Daniel Jacobowitz <>
Changed-By: Daniel Jacobowitz <>
 libncurses5 - Shared libraries for terminal handling
 libncurses5-dbg - Debugging/profiling libraries for ncurses
 libncurses5-dev - Developer's libraries and docs for ncurses
 libncursesw5 - Shared libraries for terminal handling (wide character support)
 libncursesw5-dbg - Debugging/profiling libraries for ncurses
 libncursesw5-dev - Developer's libraries for ncursesw
 ncurses-base - Descriptions of common terminal types
 ncurses-bin - Terminal-related programs and man pages
 ncurses-term - Additional terminal type definitions
Closes: 221174 221651 224172 224443 227402 227586
 ncurses (5.3.20030719-5) unstable; urgency=low
   * Fix false dependency of ncurses-bin on lib64ncurses5 on sparc
     (Closes: #221174).
   * Update config.sub and config.guess (Closes: #221651).
   * Include wsvt25 and wsvt25m for knetbsd (Closes: #224172).
   * Include Eterm terminfo descriptions in ncurses-base (Closes: #227402).
   * Fix tack for standout != bold.  Half of this fix is already
     included upstream (Closes: #224443).
   * Print program name in tput error messages (Closes: #227586).
   * Update libncursesw5 to standard.
 09c0043d8c4aa8b016f3ae11ccb5233f 834 libs standard ncurses_5.3.20030719-5.dsc
 7eaf81eb83dae15ca613324ed9310862 32561 libs standard ncurses_5.3.20030719-5.diff.gz
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 2fdf30f9bf0a6ac6242dff6a0e6985b5 280974 libs standard libncursesw5_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
 a1baaf878f616c3928145d3a69659150 390856 libdevel optional libncursesw5-dev_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
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 cd950bfbb3e39b8179f30b17e4f0f8f5 204846 base required ncurses-bin_5.3.20030719-5_i386.deb
 2e646cb8559e8a90a224a9cf8ef8cddb 11068 base required ncurses-base_5.3.20030719-5_all.deb
 4750a1b8c8558feeb26d0cddc6adca6c 268052 admin standard ncurses-term_5.3.20030719-5_all.deb

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