ncurses: Portable Screen-Handling for Linux

Have you ever written a screen-oriented program under Linux and been annoyed by the limitations of the standard curses screen manipulation library? Here is a programmer's introduction to the vastly superior ncurses library.

Since this article was written, Keith Bostic tested ncurses with nvi, and has officially pronounced the old BSD curses dead. This means that ncurses will become the official standard curses for Linux, as well as for all the myriad free versions of BSD Unix.

Eric S. Raymond ,, is the volunteer editor of the Jargon File, a prolific author of freeware and FAQs, and a recent convert to Linux. His WWW home page is available at