[MacPorts] #37420: ncurses: snow leopard binary missing pkgconfig files

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Fri Dec 28 01:04:04 PST 2012

#37420: ncurses: snow leopard binary missing pkgconfig files
  Reporter:  ryandesign@…  |      Owner:  jmr@…
      Type:  defect        |     Status:  new
  Priority:  Normal        |  Milestone:
 Component:  ports         |    Version:  2.1.2
Resolution:                |   Keywords:
      Port:  ncurses       |

Comment (by ryandesign@…):

 ncurses' configure.in says:

 # if we find pkg-config, check if we should install the ".pc" files.

 if test "$PKG_CONFIG" != no ; then
         AC_MSG_CHECKING(if we should install .pc files for $PKG_CONFIG)

         # Leave this as something that can be overridden in the
         if test -z "$PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR" ; then
                 PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR=`echo "$PKG_CONFIG" | sed -e
         PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR=`echo "$PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR" | sed -e 's/^://' -e
         if test -n "$PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR" && test -d "$PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR" ;
                         [  --enable-pc-files       generate and install
 .pc files for pkg-config],
                 AC_MSG_WARN(did not find library $PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR)

 Based on the comment, it appears the intention is to not install the .pc
 files unless the pkg-config program is present. And ncurses doesn't
 declare a dependency on pkgconfig.

 In fact, the check for `"$PKG_CONFIG" != no` is not the problem, because
 when pkgconfig is not installed, $PKG_CONFIG appears to be "none", not

 However next it checks for the existence of ${prefix}/lib/pkgconfig. And
 that won't exist if there aren't any .pc files installed by other ports.
 And the buildbot builds ports in a clean environment so there wouldn't be
 any other ports installed.

 I imagine the reason why most of the existing binary packages have the .pc
 files is because the buildbot built ncurses not explicitly but as a
 dependency of some other port which had other dependencies which did
 install .pc files. I think if the version or revision of ncurses were
 increased today, then all newly built ncurses packages would be missing
 the .pc files.

 I think the solution is 1) to have the pkgconfig port always install
 ${prefix}/lib/pkgconfig (using `destroot.keepdirs`), and 2) to have the
 ncurses port declare a build dependency on the pkgconfig port.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.macports.org/ticket/37420#comment:4>
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