[MonoDevelop] Error running pkg-config

Tom McCubbin tmccubbin@tggsolutions.com
Thu, 03 Mar 2005 12:22:52 -0500

Bill Bodine wrote:

> When I attempt: "Import a Visual Studio .NET project", I get the 
> following error:
> "Error running pkg-config.  Check the above output."
> Unfortunately, there is no applicable output above this.  Anyone have 
> any ideas what package is attempting to be loaded here or how I can 
> resolve this?
> Thanks,
> Bill

pkg-config is looking for some *.pc file needed to do its job.  The 
normal place these live are in:


If you installed 'stuff' under a different prefix then you need to tell 
pkg-config where to find the *.pc files.

Do so like this:

(in bash)

export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=$PKG_CONFIG_PATH:<other/path>:<yet/another/path>

where you replace the stuff in <> with a real path(s).

you can discern which *.pc files it is looking for by reading the output 
before the msg.  If you can't see the output, try something like:

$>locate .pc

and this will list all the files named *.pc* on your system.  make sure 
all the dirs are included in your PKG_CONFIG_PATH