[cairo-bugs] [Bug 14588] New: Inappropriate pkg-config version test

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Wed Feb 20 10:33:32 PST 2008


           Summary: Inappropriate pkg-config version test
           Product: cairo
           Version: 1.5.11
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: medium
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: cworth at cworth.org
        ReportedBy: dmacks at netspace.org
         QAContact: cairo-bugs at cairographics.org

cairo's ./configure uses the version of the pkg-config program to determine
whether to place Requires.private: vs Requires: in the cairo.pc file. The
configure test is for whether the pkg-config is new enough to be able to
process the .private directive:

dnl ===========================================================================
dnl Check for recent pkg-config which supports Requires.private

case `$PKG_CONFIG --version` in
[0.?|0.?.?|0.1[0-7]|0.1[0-7].?]) PKGCONFIG_REQUIRES="Requires"; ;;
*) PKGCONFIG_REQUIRES="Requires.private"; ;;


But what matters is the version of pkg-config that *reads* the file, i.e., the
one used when other packages ask to link against cairo, not the one that is
present when cairo itself is being compiled. So the test results don't matter
and the action taken as the result of the test might not be correct for when
that result is used.

pkg-config-0.17 is several years old now, and major distros would almost
certainly have newer. Many packages in other projects (example: gnome) assume
support for .private. Recent versions of pkg-config also have a "pkg-config"
virtual package, so if you really wanted to make sure cairo.pc is processed by
a new enough version of pkg-config to understand the contents of that file, you
can just add it to the Requires line.

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