Re: Should -dev packages providing .pc files depend on pkg-config?
On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 07:58:44 +0200, Tollef Fog Heen <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> * Manoj Srivastava
>> On Wed, 16 Apr 2008 19:15:53 +0200, Goswin von Brederlow
>> <email@example.com> said:
>> > You are missing the point.
>> > What if the library says "You must call /usr/bin/foo during build"?
>> How does the library say that? Why can't I just have gcc -o baz baz.c
>> How can the library make that not work?
> By not shipping the libraries in /usr/lib:
>> pkg-config --libs valgrind
> -L/usr/lib/valgrind/amd64-linux -lcoregrind -lvex -lgcc
And how exactly does this prevent me from doing:
gcc -o baz baz.c -L/usr/lib/foo/amd64-linux -lfoo
__> pkg-config --cflags --libs libselinux
>> Which is, err, nice. But You can, you know, just use -lselinux in
>> your Makefile. I don't see why libselinux-dev needs to depend on
>> pkg-config. Or even recommend it.
> Yes, in the simple case, you can just do this. In the more complex
> case (which upstream might want to cater for), you need to use
> pkg-config. pkg-config allows you to, say, move all the headers from
> each package into its own namespace, like how GTK+ and Glib does it
> and you can then rename that later if you so wish, without causing
No, I do not need to do any such thing. I can just inspect the
files shipped, and adjust accordingly. It is _convenient_ to use
pkg-config, but I am not forced to use it. We have been linking
libraries for _decades_ before pkg-config was invented
So, if you want to use the convenience of pkg-config; build
depend on it.
Nirvana? That's the place where the powers that be and their friends
hang out. Zonker Harris
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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