[SDL] configure doesn't find libpulse-simple

Spencer Parkin spencertparkin at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 09:43:24 PDT 2016

Thanks, Eric.  Installing libsdl2-dev set everything straight.  My
application is up and running and making sound effects through my

I do my main development in windows, because I just haven't found an IDE in
linux that I like.  Developer studio has its problems, but it's still way
better than anything I've tried in linux.  So when I want my stuff to run
in linux, I have to always port it over.  Using cross-platform libraries
helps, of course, but there are always snags.

On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 12:57 AM, Eric Wing <ewmailing at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 9/24/16, Spencer Parkin <spencertparkin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi.
> >
> > It's midnight and I'm ready to give up (and I'm going to be so groggy at
> > church tomorrow), but before I do, I'm going to try the mailing list...
> >
> > On Unbuntu, using "sudo apt install libsdl-2.2.0-0" appears to install
> > something, but I have no idea what.  No headers or library files for SDL
> > can be found after running this command, so I resorted to trying to
> compile
> > SDL myself.  This appeared to work, but my application could never open
> an
> > audio device.  After doing some research, I believe the problem is that
> > there are no useful audio-backends compiled into SDL.  To confirm this, I
> > compiled one of the test programs that enumerated the backends (drivers)
> > and sure enough, "pulse", "ogg", "alsa", etc., are all missing from the
> > list.  So I re-ran the configure script and checked the output and found
> > that it couldn't detect the libraries for these lower-level audio
> drivers.
> > Taking "libpulse-simple" as an example, I found this in my
> > "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/" directory, but it's still not detected.
> > Oddly, I can't confirm the installation with "pkg-config --listall | grep
> > pulse".  Running "autoreconf", whatever that does, doesn't help either.
> >
> > I'm at a loss.  I wouldn't bother with compiling SDL if I could just
> > install it.  Is SDL a dead project?  Does the SDL development team
> support
> > Ubuntu?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > --Sp
> >
> If using package management, you probably need to install the -dev
> versions of SDL also. The one you installed only installs the dynamic
> library. The dev package also installs the headers. This is not SDL
> specific, but a general convention of how package management works on
> Linux.
> If you are building from source, you need to make sure you installed
> all the -dev packages for all the libraries SDL wants, otherwise the
> configure system will not find anything and not build those
> components.
> In the SDL source, read the docs/README-linux.md. It has explicit
> instructions about which packages you should install for Ubuntu.
> -Eric
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