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I'd like to automatically determine if my program is running on a machine that has either GTK or Motif (or both) installed on it, so I can dynamically use whatever is available. I'm pretty new to programming GUIs, so is there a standard way to test for the presence of a particular GUI system?
For GTK, I'm supposed to use pkg-config to ask if GTK is installed, but if that's not in my PATH I'm out of luck. And there's nothing like that for Motif.
Using locate is an interesting idea, but what if that's not installed? And when I ran it on a RH9 box to look for motif, it found lots of stuff within the Java Swing, Qt, and wxWindows packages, but not Motif itself.
Am I going to have to write something that searches the usual library directories for the various libraries that implement GTK or Motif? Other projects must be doing something like this, I thought this problem had been solved already. Sorry to be a complainer, but it seems that there must be a better way.
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