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From "Paul Joseph Davis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-1012) Utility to help plugin developers manage paths
Date Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:54:27 GMT


Paul Joseph Davis commented on COUCHDB-1012:

Looking at both of these, I quite prefer the couch-config path over the pkg-config. couch-config
offers a lot more settings and the patch is a lot more sane. I don't see why the pkg-config
script is introducing new top level directories into the build system and so on.

Only minor thing, the couch-config script uses -? for to display usage. I've not seen ? used
for usage info since DOS, that's not some sort of shell script standard I've never seen is
it? Even if it is, -h and --help should be supported as well.

Other than that, I'd like to have Noah glance at that shell script as well. It looks pretty
straight forward to me but he's the shell script portability expert.

Other than that, I'd say it looks good to ship.

> Utility to help plugin developers manage paths
> ----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-1012
>                 URL:
>             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
> As far as I know the loudest argument against pkg-config is lack of support for Windows.

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