/lib/terminfo gone

Daniel Albuschat d.albuschat at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 14:32:03 UTC 2009

Hello there,

when people reported trouble with the services on our Ubuntu 6.06.2
server, I noticed that no curses-programs are working anymore
(including screen, aptitude, clear, many many more).
They all report different errors meaning the same: The terminfo is not
available. I looked into /etc/terminfo and README told me that I
should be looking in /usr/share/terminfo. There are only symlinks
there, which are all pointed at non-existing files like e.g.
/lib/terminfo/x/xterm. When I looked at /lib/terminfo, the directory
was a *file* instead of a directory, displayed yellow in coloured ls
output (these are devices, right?). Sorry I don't have the exact ls
output anymore, but it definitely looked strange; for example it had
no permissions set at all.

Now I'm facing the problem that I have to restore this terminfo
directory and have no clue about where to start.
Do you  have any idea how I could accomplish this?

Thanks in advance,

Daniel Albuschat

eat(this); // delicious suicide

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