How to force port respecting PKGCONFIGDIR?

Greg Larkin glarkin at
Thu Nov 18 14:31:31 UTC 2010

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O. Hartmann wrote:
> Hello.
> As I realized while trying to port xerces-c version 3.1.1 in an test
> environment as suggested in the porters handbook, the software, which is
> capable of using the GNU autotoll environment, installs its xerces-c.pc
> file into ${PREFIX}/lib/pkgconfig/ and not according the
> FreeBSD paradigm into  ${PREFIX}/libdata/pkgconfig/. I see three ports
> having already installed their obviously mislead *.pc file into
> ${PREFIX}/lib/pkgconfig/ in real-world-installations (libvlc.pc,
> lapackpp.pc and vlc-plugin.pc) on all of my FreeBSD boxes where these
> packages are installed - every other package using pkg-config seems to
> have their config files installed at the proper place and therefor
> ${PREFIX}/libdata/pkgconfig/ is well populated.
> The question is: how can I trim my port's Makefile to accept and respect
> FreeBSD's path? I tried to figure out what directive has to be set and
> passed to any kind of environemnt, but the handbook silence this out. I
> have a faint clue that all directives tagged *_PC_* has to do something
> with this, but in ports I examined which install their pkg-config files
> in the proper way I did not find any hint.
> Please set me CC if responding due to I'm not subscriber of the list.
> Thanks.
> Oliver

Hi Oliver,

Have a look at this patch file for an example of how to do that:;content-type=text%2Fplain

Hope that helps,
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