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

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Wed Jun 21 13:45:43 UTC 2006

Rex Dieter wrote:
> Rex Dieter wrote:
>> Jesse Keating wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 07:31 -0500, Rex Dieter wrote:
>>>> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/ReviewGuidelines
>>>> it includes:
>>>> - MUST: Files used by pkgconfig (.pc files) must be in a -devel 
>>>> package.
>>>> I'd suggest amending this to say (something like)
>>>> - MUST: Files used by pkgconfig (.pc files) must be in a -devel 
>>>> package, and the -devel package include 'Requires: pkgconfig'
>>>> We've got quite a few such packages, and lots of things will break 
>>>> when FE switches to the minimal buildroot that no longer includes 
>>>> pkgconfig. 
>>> I'm not so sure I agree with this.  The -devel packages can be used
>>> w/out pkgconfig and many are. 
>> Most -devel packages with .pc files (that I'm aware of) can *not* be 
>> used w/out pkgconfig.
> Let me rephrase, apps that BR: -devel packages that support pkg-config 
> (most) often (need to) use pkg-config to detect the presense of the 
> -devel package.

In particular, every app that uses auto* tools, and uses the 
PKG_CHECK_MODULES macro in ./configure.  I can vouge that this includes 
*every* kde application I know.  Please don't force app packagers to 
have to figure out if their ./configure script(s) use this macro or not, 
I'd much rather things "just work".

-- Rex

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