Add the --as-needed linker flag to the DPDK library list in the pkg-config
file so as to prevent overlinking. Without this flag, when linking
statically using flags from $(pkg-config --static --libs libdpdk), all DPDK
drivers and libs were statically linked in, but the binary was also
requiring all the shared versions be present to run.

The real root-cause of this issue is that the DPDK libraries need to be
duplicated in the linker command when doing static linking, due to the
behaviour of pkg-config, but since that behaviour cannot be easily changed,
this is a simple workaround to avoid problems.

Signed-off-by: Bruce Richardson <>
Acked-by: Luca Boccassi <>
Acked-by: Sunil Pai G <>
 buildtools/pkg-config/ | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/buildtools/pkg-config/ 
index e043c5ee1..5c1e31c4d 100644
--- a/buildtools/pkg-config/
+++ b/buildtools/pkg-config/
@@ -23,7 +23,7 @@ Use libdpdk.pc instead of this file to query DPDK 
compile/link arguments''',
        version: meson.project_version(),
        subdirs: [get_option('include_subdir_arch'), '.'],
        extra_cflags: pkg_extra_cflags,
-       libraries: dpdk_libraries,
+       libraries: ['-Wl,--as-needed'] + dpdk_libraries,
        libraries_private: dpdk_extra_ldflags)
 pkg.generate(name: 'DPDK', # main DPDK pkgconfig file

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