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Re: cooperating with pkg-config (was: installable gnulib library

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: Re: cooperating with pkg-config (was: installable gnulib library
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 22:34:28 +0700

Hi Bruce,

On 11 Oct 2010, at 22:10, Bruce Korb wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 12:31 AM, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
>> libtool already contains most of the information that pkg-config wants,
> Yep.  And rather than what would likely be a futile fight to
> migrate from ``pkg-config --cflags libname'' to ``libtool
> --show=cflags libname''
> (or something), just say, "fine.  Here's a script to emit libname.pc for you."
> Alternatively, you could provide a patch to pkg-config to look for the .la
> files based upon /etc/ld.so.conf and cause it to exec libtool to process it.
> Erode the thing by making the .la files more convenient than .pc files.
> (Not very hard to do.....likely not today tho)
>>  No .pc files required.
> Less client hassle is _always_ better.
>>  No PKG_CONFIG_PATH required.
> YES!!!
>> Much much easier to use and maintain for all involved... pity
>> about all the man years wasted on pkg-config :(
> Indeed.  Still, it's better erode its usefulness than to try to push it aside,
> I think anyway.  So, first, fiddle libtool to emit the data found in .la files
> then provide a pkg-config patch that uses the libtool functionality.
> Whether they accept it or not, eventually ``libtool --show'' would likely
> win out.  Let's do this in all our copious spare time......

I'll add it to my TODO under libtool-3.0 :)

Gary V. Vaughan (address@hidden)

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