[Mageia-dev] BuildRequires and pkgconfig

Guillaume Rousse guillomovitch at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 10:44:49 CET 2011

Le 16/11/2011 00:11, jcc a écrit :
> Hi,
> I do not quite understand why with BuildRequires and Requires, it is
> sometimes necessary to place a pkgconfig(any_lib) instead of simply
> any_libin the spec file.
If you have a dependency for any_lib, you'll only get the runtime part 
of the lib. If you need to build something with the lib, you'll need the 
buildtime part of the lib, which is generally isolated in the -devel 
package. Hence the need for a build dependency of either any_lib-devel 
(always present), or pkgconfig(any_lib), which is a virtual package 
automatically generated by rpm if a pkgconfig file is present.

BOFH excuse #442:

Trojan horse ran out of hay

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