Re: Synth status and failure to install some packages

From: Jonathan Chen <>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2021 19:40:24 UTC
On Mon, 31 May 2021 at 20:51, Thomas Mueller <> wrote:
> > On Sun, 30 May 2021 at 17:46, Thomas Mueller <> wrote:
> > > What is the current status of ports-mgmt/synth?
> > > It seems deprecated by what I see on this emailing list, but I see occasional updates when I update ports tree.
> > It's still my favourite ports-builder.. I'll keep using it until it
> > stops working.
> > Jonathan Chen <>
> Synth is much faster than portmaster or portupgrade, but one serious downside is failure to install some packages that are built.
> I thought I didn't have devel/gperf, then later it occurred to me that synth might have hidden it in the repository without installing it.
> Earlier, I thought I didn't have ninja installed but later found it hidden in synth's repository.
> Is there any way to make synth install build dependencies?  Gentoo Portage has "--with-bdeps=y".

synth only upgrades existing packages that are on your system, and
makes no assumptions about what the user wants. If you need a tool,
you'll have to install it - at which point it becomes a first-class
installed module (as opposed to those that can be auto-removed), and
synth will upgrade them as required.

This is useful for some of my systems where I don't need the
build-tools, only the end-result package.

Jonathan Chen <>