I had invoked ./configure --with-readline ...
However, the scripts could find neither termcap nor
curses (looking for tgetent). As a result,
--with-readline was silently ignored, and Makefile
contained instructions for building noreadline.o
It's only by running CLISP that I discovered the
problem. I think the inability to build with readline
should be reported by the scripst, and either
configure(?), makemake or Makefile error out.