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release-2.1: build: link libncurses statically #32960

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knz commented Dec 9, 2018

Backport 1/1 commits from #32959.

/cc @cockroachdb/release

Fixes #32281.

build: link libncurses statically
The Unix world is in the process of upgrading from libncurses ABI 5.0 to
libncurses ABI 6.0. The ABIs are incompatible in both directions, so we
can't support systems that ship libncurses 5.0 and systems that ship
libncurses 6.0 at the same time.

Link libncurses statically to sidestep the issue.

Note that we don't bother vendoring ncurses like we do for our other
C/C++ dependencies, because we don't particularly care about what
version of ncurses we link. Nearly all extant versions of ncurses
(5.0-6.1) are source compatible, and bug fixes in recent releases rarely
affect the low-level terminfo APIs that we depend upon.

Take the opportunity to upgrade to ncurses 6.1 as well. It doesn't fix
any bugs we know of, but it's good to stay up to date.

Fix #32281.

Release note (build change): ncurses is now linked statically so that
the cockroach binary no longer requires a particular version of the
ncurses shared library to be available on deployment machines.

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knz commented Dec 9, 2018

LGTM but @benesch please:

  1. feel free to chime in if you can think of any reason why we should not merge this

  2. you get the honor of pushing the green button


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knz commented Dec 9, 2018

Note that I am finding myself shy of backporting this further to release-2.0 due to the numerous makefile/builder changes since April.

@benesch benesch merged commit 8c4cd6b into cockroachdb:release-2.1 Dec 10, 2018

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benesch commented Dec 10, 2018

Thanks, @knz!

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