10.30. Pkg-config-0.26

Pkg-config is a tool to help you insert the correct compiler options on the command line when compiling applications and libraries.

10.30.1. Installation of Pkg-config

Prepare Pkg-config for compilation:

GLIB_CFLAGS="-I/usr/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/lib64/glib-2.0/include" \
  GLIB_LIBS="-lglib-2.0" \
  CC="gcc ${BUILD64}" \
  ./configure --prefix=/usr \

The meaning of the new configure option:

GLIB_CFLAGS="-I/usr/include/glib-2.0 -I/usr/libi64/glib-2.0/include", GLIB_LIBS="-lglib-2.0"

Pkg-config no longer comes with Glib and because Pkg-config has not been installed itself it needs to be told where Glib is.

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue: make check.

Install the package:

make install

On multilib builds the library direcory has been removed from the default search path of pkg-config. Set some environment variables to help set the path correctly in the future:

export PKG_CONFIG_PATH32="/usr/lib/pkgconfig"
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH64="/usr/lib64/pkgconfig"

Export these variables to prevent any issues in the future.

cat >> /root/.bash_profile << EOF

10.30.2. Contents of Pkg-config

Installed programs: pkg-config
Installed directory: /usr/share/doc/pkg-config

Short Descriptions


The pkg-config program is used to retrieve information about installed libraries in the system. It is typically used to compile and link against one or more libraries.