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Re: [Toon-members] pkgconfig support

From: Gerhard Reitmayr
Subject: Re: [Toon-members] pkgconfig support
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:04:08 +0200

Hi guys,

Well, I think what you are doing is great, as the ease of use on various 
platforms should be improved. I think we are just holding our breath to see the 
final results :)

The only concern is that it should work also on platforms that are not using 
these mechanisms (OSX, other Linux distributions).


On 23 Jun 2010, at 10:02, Pekka Paalanen wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:31:14 +0930
> Michael Marner <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Re. Hard coding. - Again, this was a mistake on my part. I was using
>> the TooN readme when deciding what linker flags needed to be
>> included. I completely overlooked the fact that LAPACK probably has
>> some linker requirements in addition to these. You are right that on
>> Ubuntu there is no .pc file included with LAPACK. However, the macro
>> in the autoconf archive seems to work.
>> I've attached another diff, this time with the hard coding removed.
>> Steps:
>> aclocal
>> autoconf
>> ./configure
>> ./make install
>> I haven't included the M4 macro that checks for LAPACK, since it is
>> included in the pkgconfig-archive package in Ubuntu's repository.
> I had a quick try without actually trying to use TooN. As you said, I
> needed to install sys-devel/autoconf-archive package (Gentoo) first.
> I don't know if TooN maintainers are happy with this additional
> dependency.
> Btw. could the TooN developers comment something, so that we do not
> massage this patch for nothing? Is this kind of thing wanted?
> (I'm just a TooN user.)
> If ACX_LAPACK macro is not installed, the error message is quite
> misleading and happens late, at ./configure time:
> ./configure: line 2389: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'
> ./configure: line 2389: `ACX_LAPACK('
> Could you add a test to check that ACX_LAPACK is an M4 macro, with a
> proper error message?
> On my system, this patch produces the following TooN.pc file:
> prefix=/usr/local
> includedir=${prefix}/include
> Name: TooN
> Description: Tom's Object-oriented numerics library
> Version: version-2.0.0-beta7
> Libs: -llapack -lblas   -L/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.3.4
> -L/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.3.4/../../../../lib64
> -L/lib/../lib64 -L/usr/lib/../lib64
> -L/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.3.4/../../../../x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/lib
> -L/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.3.4/../../.. -lgfortranbegin
> -lgfortran -lm
> Cflags: -I${includedir}
> That is quite verbose in the linker flags, and gfortranbegin, gfortran
> and m are probably redundant in this list for me, but I do not see
> anything particularly wrong with it. It avoids linking to g2c and
> especially to f2c, a library which may produce linking problems in the
> applications due to missing symbol MAIN__.
> Perhaps the -L flags could be reduced somehow, but I do not know the
> implications. For me, three of them point to /usr/lib64, and the rest
> to /usr/lib64/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/4.3.4, /lib64,
> and /usr/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/lib.
> From the same autoconf macro archive, would use of the macro
> AX_CREATE_PKGCONFIG_INFO help, or is the hand-coded pkg-config check
> and .pc file creation better?
> Autoconf contains some ready macros for checking for the usual programs
> like sed: AC_PROG_SED,
> You could use that instead of
> AC_CHECK_PROG(SED,sed,sed,AC_MSG_ERROR([You Must install sed])).
> My final comment for this version of the patch is: it looks like it
> should work.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Pekka Paalanen, M.Sc. (Eng.)   LUT/IT, room 6505
> doctoral student     
> address@hidden
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Gerhard Reitmayr
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