pkgconf [options] [list of modules]


pkgconf is a program which helps to configure compiler and linker flags for development frameworks. This allows build systems to detect other dependencies and use them with the system toolchain.



Display the supported pkg-config version and exit.


Exit with error if we do not support the requested pkg-config version.


Print all errors on the main output stream instead of the error output stream.


Do not display any errors at all.


Walk all directories listed in the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environmental variable and display information on packages which have registered information there.


Simulates resolving a dependency graph based on the requested modules on the command line. Dumps a series of trees denoting pkgconf's resolver state.


Skip caching packages when they are loaded into the internal resolver. This may result in an alternate dependency graph being computed.


Ignore 'Conflicts' rules in modules.


Learn about pkgconf's configuration strictly from environmental variables.


Impose a limit on the allowed depth in the dependency graph. For example, a depth of 2 will restrict the resolver from acting on child dependencies of modules added to the resolver's solution.


Compute a deeper dependency graph and use compiler/linker flags intended for static linking.



Exit with error if a module's version is less than the specified version.


Exit with error if a module's version is not exactly the specified version.


Exit with error if a module's version is greater than the specified version.


Exit with a non-zero result if the dependency resolver was able to find all of the requested modules.


Exit with a non-zero result if the dependency resolver uses an 'uninstalled' module as part of it's solution.


Forbids the dependency resolver from considering 'uninstalled' modules as part of a solution.


--cflags, --cflags-only-I, --cflags-only-other

Display either all CFLAGS, only -I CFLAGS or only CFLAGS that are not -I.

--libs, --libs-only-L, --libs-only-l, --libs-only-other

Display either all linker flags, only -L linker flags, only -l linker flags or only linker flags that are not -L or -l.

--keep-system-cflags, --keep-system-libs

Keep CFLAGS or linker flag fragments that would be filtered due to being included by default in the compiler.


Define VARNAME as VALUE. Variables are used in query output, and some modules' results may change based on the presence of a variable definition.


Print all seen variables for a module to the output channel.


Print the value of VARNAME.

--print-requires, --print-requires-private

Print the modules included in either the Requires field or the Requires.private field.


Dump the dependency resolver's solution as a graphviz 'dot' file. This can be used with graphviz to visualize module interdependencies.


Displaying the CFLAGS of a package:

shell> pkgconf --cflags foo

-fPIC -I/usr/include/foo