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On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 09:36:44PM +0100, martinwguy wrote:
> poking "libreadline-dev" will show you that it does not, in turn,
> require ncurses either.
> The other three build dependencies it names, debhelper, quilt and
> libtool, are required by the Ubuntu (well, Debian) package-building
> framework, not by lua itself.

Ineed you are right. The missing piece of the puzzle is that a patch
to remove "-lncurses" from the link line was added:

It was courtesy of Sven Joachim that fixed the very same bug
described on SO:

Enrico Tassi