Adding pkg-config not provided by upstream when packaging a library?

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Sun Jun 15 22:16:04 UTC 2014

Eric Smith wrote:
> I don't really understand how this is "adding to the API" or results in
> incompatibilities.  Do other people think that doing this is a mistake?
> Would it actually be better for the package not to provide pkg-config
> files?

The reason we do not recommend adding non-upstream pkg-config files is that 
software developed on Fedora then starts relying on those .pc files being 
present and does not work on any other distribution. Those added .pc files 
are useless for portable software.

        Kevin Kofler

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