.PC File Extension

.PC File Extension

File Type 1

Pro*C Source Code File

Developer Oracle
Popularity
4.5  |  11 Votes
Category Developer Files
Format Text

What is a PC file?

Source code file written in Pro*C, an embedded SQL language used with the Oracle RDBMS database software; can contain both C/C++ source code statements as well as SQL code; used for writing database applications that combine the power of both SQL and C/C++.

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Pro*C allows both SQL and C/C++ to be written in the same source code files and compiled into a program. The Pro*C precompiler transforms SQL statements into C/C++ code and then compiles it with the already existing C/C++ code.

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Programs that open PC files

Updated February 13, 2012
File Type 2

Personal Composer File

Developer Personal Composer
Popularity
3.8  |  12 Votes
Category Data Files
Format N/A

What is a PC file?

Musical Score created with Personal Composer, a music notation, MIDI, sequencing, and publishing program; can be created using the software interface or recorded from a MIDI instrument.

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Personal Composer files can include music notation, lyrics, symbols, titles, and other information.

Programs that open PC files

Windows
Updated March 9, 2009
File Type 3

Pkg-config Configuration File

Developer Freedesktop.org
Popularity
3.0  |  1 Votes
Category Developer Files
Format Text

What is a PC file?

A PC file is a metadata file used by pkg-config, a helper tool used when compiling applications and libraries. It contains information about a code library, such as the library's name, description, URL, version, and dependencies. PC files are also referred to as pkg-config files.

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Screenshot of a .pc file in GitHub Atom
PC file open in GitHub Atom

Pkg-config is a free tool that helps developers check for the existence of requisite libraries while compiling applications. If the library exists, developers can use pkg-config to include the library in the compiled application. Developers can also use pkg-config to retrieve information about the library.

The information pkg-config retrieves is stored in PC files. These files are plain text files that are saved alongside the library they describe. Packages that contain multiple libraries include multiple PC files, one for each library.

Each PC file may contain information about a library's name, description, URL, version, dependencies (both public and private), conflicts, compiler flags, and link flags (both public and private). Ir may also include freeform variables, which most commonly define installation paths.

NOTE: PC files are typically named for their corresponding code library. For example, a library named FileInfo.so would use a PC file named FileInfo.pc.

How do I open a PC file?

You can open and edit a PC file in any text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (Windows), Apple TextEdit (Mac), or GitHub Atom (cross-platform).

To use a PC file with pkg-config (cross-platform) reference the file as part of the pkg-config command. For example, you could use the command pkg-config --modversion FileInfo to retrieve version information stored in FileInfo.pc.

Programs that open or reference PC files

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Updated October 18, 2021

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