Stumbling over problems on AIX (Modules/python.exp not found) building libxml2 as python module let me wonder about the intended use-cases for 'python-config' and 'pkg-config python'.
FWIW, I can see these distinct use cases here, and I'm kindly asking if I got them right:
* Build an application containing a python interpreter (like python$EXE itself): + link against libpython.so + re-export symbols from libpython.so for python-modules (platform-specific) + This is similar to build against any other library, thus = 'python.pc' is installed (for 'pkg-config python').
* Build a python-module (like build/lib.<platform>-<pyver>/*.so): + no need to link against libpython.so, instead + expect symbols from libpython.so to be available at runtime, platform-specific either as + undefined symbols at build-time (Linux, others), or + a list of symbols to import from "the main executable" (AIX) + This is specific to python-modules, thus = 'python-config' is installed.
Thank you! /haubi/