I am trying to build GNU screen on CentOS 6 Minimal and When I type the command ./configure

it gives me this error

you have neither usable sockets nor usable pipes -> no screen

I tried to use yum update and yum provide */stropts.h

Still gives me the same error

when I type the command make it gives me that error

pty.c:38:26: error: sys/stropts.h: No such file or directory

How should I solve it?

Pleas don't answer use yum install screen

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    That's part of libc. I'd assume you don't have basic C software development headers installed. On Debian, that'd be libc6-dev. Is there some way you can ask yum for the build dependencies of screen?
    – derobert
    Dec 19, 2013 at 17:03
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    May I ask why you're building it? Just for fun or b/c you need to install it?
    – slm
    Dec 19, 2013 at 17:36

2 Answers 2


On Redhat based distros it's often easier to install a group of tools for a particular task rather than try and guess what one might need. You can use yum to get the list of groups that are availble.

$ yum groups list

You can limit this list to developer types of groups like this:

$ yum groups list | grep -i dev
   Development and Creative Workstation
   C Development Tools and Libraries
   Development Tools
   RPM Development Tools

To install:

$ sudo yum groups install "C Development Tools and Libraries"

This group of packages should cover most of the opensource software you'll try and install. There will of course be outliers. If you encounter missing libraries you'll need to install the binary form of the library and the headers (for compilation).


For the library libmng there are 4 packages available.

$ rpm -aq | grep libmn

So you'll need to install these types of packages to do a compilation. The libraries are always named <lib name> and the corresponding headers are named <lib name>-devel on Redhat distros.


I managed to build screen by this way and worked successfully

screen depends on library termcap so install it

then vi the file that gives the error and comment that line #include <sys/stropts.h>

so it works like this

vi tty.c

then comment the line which includes sys/stropts.h on every file that gives the error

then make if make gives this error just repeat the process until no errors appear

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