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From "Randall Leeds (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-1012) Utility to help plugin developers manage paths
Date Thu, 04 Aug 2011 01:07:27 GMT

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Randall Leeds commented on COUCHDB-1012:
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Just the idea that it wouldn't require anyone using it to have pkg-config installed since
it's not default available on some systems. It's widely available and easily installed, but
not default. It's also a common pattern.

In this way I suppose it's less friction in the worst case, and that seems like a good thing.
If we want to be super nice we could also include a couch.m4 (omg how do you write those???).

> Utility to help plugin developers manage paths
> ----------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COUCHDB-1012
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-1012
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Build System
>            Reporter: Randall Leeds
>            Assignee: Randall Leeds
>             Fix For: 1.2
>
>         Attachments: 0001-add-couch-config-file-used-to-ease-the-build-of-plug.patch,
0001-add-couch-config-file-used-to-ease-the-build-of-plug.patch, 0001-support-pkg-config-for-plugins-COUCHDB-1012.patch
>
>
> Developers may want to write plugins (like GeoCouch) for CouchDB. Many hooks in the configuration
system allow loading arbitrary Erlang modules to handle various internal tasks, but currently
there is no straightforward and portable way for developers of these plugins to discover the
location of the CouchDB library files.
> Two options that have been proposed are to use pkg-config or install a separate script
that could be invoked (e.g. as couch-config --erl-libs) to discover important CouchDB installation
paths.
> As far as I know the loudest argument against pkg-config is lack of support for Windows.

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