Removing a port without upsetting dependencies

Ian Moore no-spam at
Sat Dec 10 14:46:33 PST 2005

I have mplayer installed and at one stage I installed the mplayer-skins port 
as well. Then I got sick of dealing with the skins port being broken a lot 
because the source files are often unfetchable, so I removed the port (I 
can't remember what method I used to do that now).

Ever since,  when I do a portupgrade & mplayer or various ports that it is a 
dependency of get updated, my ports database gets upset because those ports 
are marked as having mplayer-skins as a stale dependency.

For example, today I have:
Stale dependency: mplayerplug-in-3.17 --> mplayer-skins-1.1.2_1 -- manually 
run 'pkgdb -F' to fix, or specify -O to force.

I generally either delete the dependency or link it to mplayer-gtk-esound, but 
the dependency comes back next time mplayerplug-in gets updated.

I assume I've just used the wrong method for deleting the mplayer-skins port & 
I need to re-install & delete it the correct way. If I'm right, how should I 
do that?

If not, is there a way I can permanently remove the mplayer-skins port and not 
have it appear as a dependency of other ports?

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