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Fix missing library in Arch Linux

Jaime Martínez Rincón
May 16th, 2020 · 1 min read

If you try to use clang-format in Arch Linux you might find yourself with an error saying that the library couldn’t be found.

There are plenty of proposed solutions, some involve symlinking other libraries, but in my experience that didn’t work and the solution ended up being installing just one package from the AUR.

That package is ncurses5-compat-libs. If you use yay you can install it with yay -S ncurses5-compat-libs.

If you are curious, this package fixes this issue by creating a symlink to /usr/lib/

And that is also a symlink, which points to /usr/lib/

And that one, is also a symlink, this time pointing to the regular file /usr/lib/

This regular file is not present without the package we just installed.

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