Problem compiling programs

Joe Zeff joe at
Tue Nov 8 18:22:36 UTC 2011

I've tried downloading some tarballs and compiling them, without 
success.  In each case, ./configure complains that it can't find one or 
more libraries that I have installed.  Checking, it turns out that 
PKG_CONFIG_PATH isn't set.

This leads to two questions: what should it be set to and why isn't it set?

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