[Pkg-scicomp-devel] Pkg-config and numerical libraries

Sylvestre Ledru sylvestre at debian.org
Sat Sep 12 18:31:53 UTC 2009

Le samedi 12 septembre 2009 à 15:24 -0300, Maurício a écrit :
> Hi,
> I've been writing a few things using numerical libraries, and
> pkg-config seems to be a good way to keep building portable (I'm
> not using C, but Haskell).
> Do you think it could be possible to add pkg-config .pc files to
> numerical libraries in debian? I was going to write one for lapack
> and submit as a sugestion for lapack package maintainer
As Lapack maintainer, I won't mind adding it.

>  but then I thought: what if it were made standard for all numerical
> libraries to have proper pkg-config configuration?
Well, if you are developing only for Debian/Ubuntu, sure. 
But as a software developer, usually, you need to think global (ie, all
Linux/Unix/MacOsX) when you are writing your configure.ac. If the .pc of
a library is only available in Debian, you will still need to develop
the usual checks.
A better would be to send .pc to upstream.


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