Pkgconfig module

This module is a simple generator for pkg-config files.


To use this module, just do: pkg = import('pkgconfig'). The following function will then be available as pkg.generate(). You can, of course, replace the name pkg with anything else.


The generated file's properties are specified with the following keyword arguments.

  • description a string describing the library
  • extra_cflags a list of extra compiler flags to be added to the Cflags field after the header search path
  • filebase, the base name to use for the pkg-config file, as an example the value of libfoo would produce a pkg-config file called libfoo.pc
  • install_dir the directory to install to, defaults to the value of option libdir followed by /pkgconfig
  • libraries a list of built libraries (usually results of shared_library) that the user needs to link against. Arbitraty strings can also be provided and they will be added into the Libs field. Since 0.45.0 dependencies of built libraries will be automatically added to Libs.private field. If a dependency is provided by pkg-config then it will be added in Requires.private instead. Other type of dependency objects can also be passed and will result in their link_args and compile_args to be added to Libs and Cflags fields.
  • libraries_private list of built libraries or strings to put in the Libs.private field. Since 0.45.0 it can also contain dependency objects, their link_args will be added to Libs.private.
  • name the name of this library
  • subdirs which subdirs of include should be added to the header search path, for example if you install headers into ${PREFIX}/include/foobar-1, the correct value for this argument would be foobar-1
  • requires list of strings to put in the Requires field
  • requires_private list of strings to put in the Requires.private field
  • url a string with a url for the library
  • variables a list of strings with custom variables to add to the generated file. The strings must be in the form name=value and may reference other pkgconfig variables, e.g. datadir=${prefix}/share. The names prefix, libdir and installdir are reserved and may not be used.
  • version a string describing the version of this library
  • d_module_versions a list of module version flags used when compiling D sources referred to by this pkg-config file

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