Naming of a .pc file: package.pc vs package-version.pc

Thomas Moulard thomas.moulard at
Sun May 3 07:00:02 PDT 2009

I was wondering if anyone could suggest me what is the best way to
name a ``.pc'' file.
On my system I have some packages using the package-version.pc naming
(like bonobo-activation-2.0.pc)
or the package.pc naming (like cairo.pc).

I was wondering if there is some kind of rule.

More specifically: what is the more robust way to name pkg-config
files to avoid problems when having
several versions of a library installed on a system.
The PKG_CONFIG_PATH variable mechanism seems dangerous in that case.

Any suggestion?
Thomas Moulard

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