How to find the include path of a globally installed C library
In order to include a globally installed library via
-L it helps to know how to find its include path, and this post
shows how to find it quickly.
Note: These steps have been tested on a Mac, but should work exactly the same way on Linux.
- list all libraries to ensure that it is installed:
- find the path of the library you want to include:
pkg-config --libs <libname>
Here is how you'd find the include string for
➝ pkg-config --list-all liblzma liblzma - General purpose data compression library libpcrecpp libpcrecpp - PCRECPP - C++ wrapper for PCRE openssl OpenSSL - Secure Sockets Layer and cryptography libraries and tools apr-1 APR - The Apache Portable Runtime library apr-util-1 APR Utils - Companion library for APR libcrypto OpenSSL-libcrypto - OpenSSL cryptography library libpcre libpcre - PCRE - Perl compatible regular expressions C library with 8 bit character support libedit libedit - command line editor library provides generic line editing, history, and tokenization functions. libpcreposix libpcreposix - PCREPosix - Posix compatible interface to libpcre libiodbc iODBC - iODBC Driver Manager libssl OpenSSL - Secure Sockets Layer and cryptography libraries ➝ pkg-config --libs libedit -L/usr/local/lib -ledit -lcurses