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ncurses and pkgconfig install location

From: Ross Burton
Subject: ncurses and pkgconfig install location
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 16:22:58 +0000


Can I please echo Ariadne's plea from last month[1] to remove the
pkg-config install location logic and just use $libdir/pkgconfig.  We
cross-compile ncurses and the current logic which demands that the
target pkg-config directory already exists [2] is meaningless in a
build where the target filesystem layout may be entirely unrelated
from the host file system layout.  Without being root I literally
cannot create the directory it is looking for.

Please just use $libdir/pkgconfig.  If that path isn't correct then it
isn't your problem, it's on the person building the software to work
around and handle.  I can't think of any situations where $libdir is
the wrong thing to do, honestly.


[1] https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-ncurses/2021-10/msg00050.html
[2] https://github.com/mirror/ncurses/blob/master/aclocal.m4#L9313

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