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I need a curses to port a specialized editor to Windows. I have no experience developing on Windows. I tried building pdcurses on MinGW and it failed because MinGW doesn't have sys/ipc.h. But I see others have been using pdcurses on MinGW. What should I do? I also see there are pre-compiled pdcurses binaries for Win32. Which should be used for Win7 and where should I install the files?
If you got an error on sys/ipc.h, then you were trying to build the X11 version, via configure. That's not what you want.
Look in the "win32" directory. Read the README.
You can install PDCurses on MinGW with mingw-get:
mingw-get install mingw32-pdcurses
mingw-get install mingw32-libpdcurses
These libraries will work on Windows 7.