Bug 476199 - rpm pkgconfig autoprovides doesn't know about the built-in pkg-config provides of pkgconfig itself
rpm pkgconfig autoprovides doesn't know about the built-in pkg-config provide...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: pkgconfig (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthias Clasen
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-12 07:42 EST by Caolan McNamara
Modified: 2009-02-02 23:04 EST (History)
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Description Caolan McNamara 2008-12-12 07:42:49 EST
Description of problem:

e.g. /usr/lib/pkgconfig/libempathy.pc
has a Requires: pkg-config >= 0.21 and so gets a
Requires: pkgconfig(pkg-config) >= 0.21
which can't be satisfied because rebuilding pkgconfig itself doesn't create a 
Provides: pkgconfig(pkg-config)

The pkg-config provides is built-in to pkgconfig i.e.
pkgconfig pkg-config --print-provides pkg-config
pkg-config = 0.23
Comment 1 Panu Matilainen 2008-12-12 10:30:04 EST
This is another case that would be handled nice and cleanly by pkg-config providing .pc of itself (see discussion in bug 473814 and https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14975) instead of having hidden built-in magic.

CC'ing pkgconfig maintainer for comments...
Comment 2 Alex Lancaster 2008-12-26 04:11:42 EST
originally posted on bug 473814 comment 15:

"It appears that empathy-devel has a Requires of pkgconfig(pkg-config) >= 0.21:


but nothing appears to satisfy that, causing failures of rebuilds of other
packages, e.g. desktop-data-model:



This needs to be fixed ASAP because it is causing a whole chain of deps to fail to rebuild such as desktop-data-model, bigboard and perhaps others.
Comment 3 Panu Matilainen 2009-02-02 07:00:59 EST
IMO the cleanest option would be adding a .pc for pkg-config itself.
Alternative, truly trivial way is to just add an explicit provide to pkgconfig:
Provides: pkgconfig(pkg-config) = %{version}

Assigning to pkgconfig for now. Matthias, if neither of the above options are acceptable to you then say so and throw back at rpm. But to fix this in rpm would mean a gross hardwired check on /usr/bin/pkg-config path, on a file thats otherwise "just any old elf binary" to rpm.
Comment 4 Matthias Clasen 2009-02-02 23:04:57 EST
I've added an explicit Provides.

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