10.50. Readline-6.2 64 Bit

The Readline package is a set of libraries that offers command-line editing and history capabilities.

10.50.1. Installation of Readline

The following patch contains updates from the maintainer. The maintainer of Readline only releases these patches to fix serious issues:

patch -Np1 -i ../readline-6.2-branch_update-1.patch

Prepare Readline for compilation:

CC="gcc ${BUILD64}" CXX="g++ ${BUILD64}" \
   ./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/lib64

Compile the package:

make SHLIB_LIBS=-lncurses

This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

Install the documentation:

make install-doc

Now move the static libraries to a more appropriate location:

mv -v /lib64/lib{readline,history}.a /usr/lib64

Next, remove the .so files in /lib64 and relink them into /usr/lib64.

rm -v /lib64/lib{readline,history}.so
ln -svf ../../lib64/libreadline.so.6 /usr/lib64/libreadline.so
ln -svf ../../lib64/libhistory.so.6 /usr/lib64/libhistory.so

10.50.2. Contents of Readline

Installed libraries: libhistory.[a,so], and libreadline.[a,so]
Installed directories: /usr/include/readline, /usr/share/readline

Short Descriptions


Provides a consistent user interface for recalling lines of history


Aids in the consistency of user interface across discrete programs that need to provide a command line interface