Re: cross pkgconfig
+++ Enrico Weigelt [2011-05-07 13:07 +0200]:
> * Wookey <firstname.lastname@example.org> schrieb:
> > What did you conclude about cross-pkgconfig
> > Should we be using --host <triplet> or <triplet>-pkg-config to call it
> > in 'cross-mode'?
> Relying on the triplet for crosscompiling is a bad idea.
> As soon as you got two different targets which just happen to
> have the same triplet, you'll get into trouble ...
What we want if for pkg-config to be using the same paths as the
cross-libraries are installed to. In dpkg-cross world that is the
triplet path, matching the cross-compiler path.
In multiarch world that is the multiarch path for the specified
If the triplet is not reliable for pkg-config then it's not reliable
for cross-comiling in general, because it's also used to call the
compiler. I'm well aware of the issues here in x86 where 4 different
triplets map onto one ABI. For all other Debian architectures we have
a unique triplet for each ABI.
Currently cross-compiling is still using the dpkg-cross mechanism
until enough packages have arch-dependent header files moved to
multiarch paths (and tools understand the build-depends
cross-dependency extension syntax).
The existing wrapper does not do anything clever at all and simply
uses the (dpkg-cross-style) path it is told to use (encoded into the
symlink name). At some point that can be changed to use the
corresponding multiarch path.
So calling arm-linux-gnueabi-pkg-config sets PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR to
calling i486-linux-gnu-pkg-config set it to
The wrapper script could do some sanity checks and even mapping from
triplet to multiarch path with dpkg-architecture but a) that limits
its use to targets known to dpkg-cross (so it won't work for avr32 or
armhf (yet) and b) I'm not sure it knows what to do any better than
whatever is calling it. I decided a simple tool was best and the
surround build-foo should call it with the right name (and ensure that
a uitable symlink existed).
If people have better ideas about how this should work I'm happy to
hear them, as I'm not yet sure that the above is sufficient for all
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