use of the Requires.private field

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at
Thu Jun 17 14:49:33 PDT 2010

On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM, Vincent Torri <vincent.torri at> wrote:
> Hey,
> We have 2 libraries, named Eina and Evas. Eina is some kind of data types
> lib. Evas depends on Eina. Hence, Eina is "public". Its types are used in
> the API and we have, for example, in Evas.h (the public header)
> #include <Eina.h>
> The .pc file of Eina is named eina-0.pc
> My question is:
> should I put eina-0 in the Requirements field, or in the
> Requirements.private field ?

Requires.private. You need to make sure that users get the Cflags from
Eina for the datatypes, but they don't need to explicitly link to Eina
unless they're statically linking. See FAQ #2 here:

This guide is also in the latest pkg-config release if you have it.


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