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Re: [screen-devel] Trying to build screen

From: Alex Naumov
Subject: Re: [screen-devel] Trying to build screen
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:07:19 +0100

Hi Prashant,

you can help to test our 4.5.1 beta by using git (development version):

Download sources:
> git clone git://
> cd screen/src
> git checkout screen-v4

Be sure you use screen-v4 branch:
> git branch

Build and install GNU screen:
> ./
> ./configure
> make
# make install

That would be very helpful if community spent some time for testing
next version of GNU screen and report about problems... before
official release.
We're going to release next version in few weeks, so we need testers now.


On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 1:06 AM, prashant Nidgunde
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Perfect. Thanks !!!
> On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 6:55 PM, Bob Proulx <address@hidden> wrote:
>> prashant Nidgunde wrote:
>> > I downloaded screen code from below  (as per website):
>> > git clone git://
>> > However, there is no configure script at this location.
>> > configure is missing in this screen/src folder.
>> Please read the ./src/INSTALL file for detailed instructions on how to
>> build the software from the development sources.  It will require the
>> developer tools to be installed in order to compile and build the
>> program.
>> > So, my question is this repository the right place to download the code
>> > ?
>> If you want the development sources as a developer then yes.  If you
>> are wanting the latest stable release to compile and use then no.  The
>> latest release was announced here in this message:
>> It includes this pointer to the latest release.
>> Perhaps that is what you are really wanting?
>> > If not, does website need a change to mention that source can be
>> > downloaded
>> > as tar files using Downloads link ?
>> There are two main project pages for GNU screen.
>> The first is more comprehensive and includes pointers to both.  The
>> second is the software source forge code site and is specific to the
>> code development.  It's all about the source code there.
>> You have checked out the development source.  That requires the
>> development build tools to be present as you will need to build the
>> configure script first.  The ./src/INSTALL gives details on that
>> process.  The configure script is a downstream item that is built by
>> the developer.  If you were downloading the release bundle that has
>> been prepared for people to build such as
>> then it would
>> already contain the configure script.
>> Hope that helps!
>> Bob

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