Basically as per question. I have the .tar.gz file but I can't seem to install it. I did the whole, ./configure, make and make install but it didn't work.


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You can install the packages by using the command in a terminal (Press Ctrl-Alt-T to bring it).

sudo apt-get install libreadline6 libreadline6-dev

The package libreadline is for running applications using readline command

and the package libreadline-dev is for compiling and building readline application.

Credit goes to this blog post

  • In debian 10 the readline command cannot be found after installing libreadline7 and libreadline-dev. Anyone else experiencing the same issue?
    – lainatnavi
    Apr 15, 2021 at 15:37

libreadline6 don't work anymore.

The latest one is lib32readline7.

Or it's better to look at the available libraries along with a short description using following code:

apt-cache search readline

sudo apt-get install lib32readline7 lib32readline-dev 

can be used.

  • this wokred on buster-slim but not on bullseye Sep 12, 2021 at 4:10

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