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Re: pkg/39877: X11 packages not working on IRIX

The following reply was made to PR pkg/39877; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: "Jeremy C. Reed" <>
To: Stuart Shelton <>
Subject: Re: pkg/39877: X11 packages not working on IRIX
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 11:03:32 -0600 (CST)

 > You're right - IRIX provides no pkg-config files for anything.
 > Does this mean that I have no option but to abandon my native X
 > installation if I wish to install packages, such as pidgin, which do
 > have a reliance on X components (even if the OS does supply them in
 > some shape or form)?  Or is there some other way to generate or remove
 > the need for pkg-config files for native components?
 I don't know what type and versions of X you have your IRIX.
 It is possible that the libXScrnSaver just can't be easily forced to use 
 dependencies from your native X.
 Some solutions are:
 - get the (via pkgsrc buildlinking) to generate .pc files 
   temporarily as needed per build. This is hard to do since we need to 
   detect various features to see if native library and headers are even 
   good enough.
 - get x11-links to pre-generate .pc files and include them with the 
   x11-links install. (Same argument as above.)
 - Use environment variables for various *_CFLAGS and *_LIBS when running 
   ./configure in pkgsrc build to skip the pkg-config checks. This is 
   probably not a good idea, as it is hard to maintain, and takes away the
   convenience of checking for correct versions.
 - use X11_TYPE=modular and use the as included in pkgsrc (and you 
   can still use your native X server on your desktop).
 You may want to ask on pkgsrc-users to see what other IRIX users are doing 
 for packages that need X.

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