[Fedora-packaging] Re: -devel rpms with pkgconfig files should 'Requires: pkgconfig'

Ville Skyttä ville.skytta at iki.fi
Wed Jun 21 19:48:03 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 18:27 +0100, Paul Howarth wrote:
> Jesse Keating wrote:
> > 
> > We've got two differing opinions on this, would anybody else like to
> > chime in?
> I think that if the usual method of using a -devel package is by using 
> its .pc file with pkgconfig, then pkgconfig should be a dependency of 
> that package. If the .pc file is provided as a convenience but most 
> users of a particular -devel package don't use it, then don't add the dep.

That sounds nice, but I think it's too subjective to be an effective
practical rule that would really achieve much at all.

Note that no matter if the *.pc file is actually every used by anything,
there's always the issue of installing stuff into unowned dirs if the
dependency is not there (%{_libdir}/pkgconfig in this case), which is an
explicit MUST no-no in the current review guidelines.  This assumes that
only pkgconfig owns the dir; owning it in all packages would feel
somewhat silly to me.

My +1 to always adding the dependency in packages that install *.pc

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