--- a/configure.in
+++ b/configure.in
@@ -3202,8 +3202,27 @@
   [Define if WINDOW in curses.h offers a field _flags.])
 fi
 
-AC_CHECK_FILE(/dev/ptmx, AC_DEFINE(HAVE_DEV_PTMX, 1, [Define if we have /dev/ptmx.]))
-AC_CHECK_FILE(/dev/ptc, AC_DEFINE(HAVE_DEV_PTC, 1, [Define if we have /dev/ptc.]))
+AC_MSG_CHECKING(for /dev/ptmx)
+
+if test -r /dev/ptmx
+then
+  AC_MSG_RESULT(yes)
+  AC_DEFINE(HAVE_DEV_PTMX, 1,
+  [Define if we have /dev/ptmx.])
+else
+  AC_MSG_RESULT(no)
+fi
+
+AC_MSG_CHECKING(for /dev/ptc)
+
+if test -r /dev/ptc
+then
+  AC_MSG_RESULT(yes)
+  AC_DEFINE(HAVE_DEV_PTC, 1,
+  [Define if we have /dev/ptc.])
+else
+  AC_MSG_RESULT(no)
+fi
 
 AC_CHECK_TYPE(socklen_t,,
   AC_DEFINE(socklen_t,int,