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

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Wed Feb 20 11:21:53 PST 2008


--- Comment #1 from Behdad Esfahbod <freedesktop at behdad.org>  2008-02-20 11:21:51 PST ---
Thanks Daniel.

(In reply to comment #0)
> 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"; ;;
> esac
> 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.

What are configure tests good for if the user will later run against different
versions of packages?  I mean, say cairo checks fontconfig version at compile
time and it's good, then at run time you try to run it with older fontconfig. 
It has all the reasons to fail.  Right?  No difference here.

> 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.

Sure, at some point we'll just remove that.  In the mean time, there's little
harm in it, so I won't touch it now.  Probably after 1.6 is out.

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