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Re: readline-8.0-alpha: Makefile.in: don't forget to create pkgconfigdir

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: readline-8.0-alpha: Makefile.in: don't forget to create pkgconfigdir
Date: Thu, 24 May 2018 14:46:22 -0400
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On 5/24/18 2:29 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 05/24/2018 01:18 PM, Chet Ramey wrote:
>> On 5/24/18 11:40 AM, gabriele balducci wrote:
>>> hi
>>> just tried to build/install readline-8.0-alpha and found the following
>>> glitch:
>> Thanks for the report. I think a better fix is to not to attempt to
>> install readline.pc if $(pkgconfigdir) is missing.
> Why not? If you are doing an install into DESTDIR for the purpose of
> bundling a pre-built binary for a distro, then $(pkgconfigdir) will be
> missing, because the ONLY things living in DESTDIR are what the package
> itself installs.  When DESTDIR is empty, you're right that either
> $(pkgconfigdir) is likely to already exist, or that the user is not using
> pkg-config; but even that's a risky assumption (when bootstrapping a
> system, readline might be installed prior to pkg-config, and we shouldn't
> require the user to run 'make install' a second time just to install the
> pieces that weren't installed the first time).

Good point about $(DESTDIR). I don't quite buy the bootstrapping argument.
``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden    http://tiswww.cwru.edu/~chet/

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