Bug 79032 - Unintuitive error message for missing .pc file
Summary: Unintuitive error message for missing .pc file
Alias: None
Product: pkg-config
Classification: Unclassified
Component: src (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: pkg-config
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Keywords: patch
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-05-21 18:18 UTC by Bill Spitzak
Modified: 2018-08-25 12:53 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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0001-If-a-package-can-t-be-found-print-the-search-path-to.patch (1.69 KB, patch)
2014-05-21 23:09 UTC, Peter Hutterer
Details | Splinter Review

Description Bill Spitzak 2014-05-21 18:18:02 UTC
If a .pc file is missing, it prints an error saying "Perhaps you should add the directory containing 'foo.pc' to PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable".

In 100% of the cases I have encountered this is not what is wrong. In every one of them the solution is to add 'foo.pc' to a directory already existing in PKG_CONFIG_PATH or the built-in path (by installing the missing package).

A better message is:

'foo.pc' not found in $PKG_CONFIG_PATH or /usr/local/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/local/share/pkgconfig:/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/pkgconfig:/usr/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/share/pkgconfig

This should indicate that in the rare case of the file already existing that fixing the environment variable PKG_CONFIG_PATH will work. It also shows the search path, which is hard to find out otherwise.
Comment 1 Peter Hutterer 2014-05-21 23:09:17 UTC
Created attachment 99544 [details] [review]
Comment 2 GitLab Migration User 2018-08-25 12:53:25 UTC
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