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Re: Problem with pkgconfig source https redirect

From: Thompson, David
Subject: Re: Problem with pkgconfig source https redirect
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:40:03 -0500

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 2:43 AM, Efraim Flashner <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:56:59 -0600
> Christopher W Carpenter <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Talked about this on IRC davexunit, but there appears to be a circular 
>> dependency
>> issue with gnutls and pkg-config now that pkg-config needs to be
>> downloaded via https.
> [snip]
>> davexunit on #guix mentioned that this may need to be solved using a
>> minimal build of gnutls that doesn't require pkg-config for https
>> downloads but i'm a bit out of my depth here so I'm just reporting :).
>> I am happy to do some grunt work once the project decides what direction
>> to go.
>> Thanks,
>> Christopher Carpenter
> Another option is to try to build gnutls without pkg-config and as part of
> the configure phase manually tell it where to find the dependencies. IIRC we
> do that with some of the less complicated lower level packages.

The bigger problem to be aware of is this:  No package in the gnutls
dependency graph may have its source code downloaded over HTTPS.  Even
if we hack around this for pkg-config, I'm sure it will bite us again
when another upstream starts enforcing HTTPS.

So, what can we do here?

- Dave

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