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Re: Relation between libtool and pkg-config

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Relation between libtool and pkg-config
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 09:19:51 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 1 May 2007, Richard Lemieux wrote:

Can anyone point me to a document explaining the general architecture of
'libtool', where it stores information, and where it takes information from,
and how it interacts with 'pkg-config'?

Libtool does not interface with 'pkg-config' at all. Application configure scripts (based on Autoconf) may execute 'pkg-config' to obtain package configuration information. This configuration information is saved in the generated makefiles and configuration headers. Ultimately, some of this information is used by the compile/link/install steps, which libtool plays a role in. This is why you won't find mention of 'pkg-config' in the autoconf/automake/libtool documentation.

As far as where libtool stores information, it stores information in "" files in order to include additional linkage information necessary to use the library properly.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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