Re: Questions regarding BUILD_DEPENDS definition

From: Matthias Fechner <>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2023 11:41:03 UTC
Am 11.04.2023 um 13:23 schrieb Matthew Seaman:
> Your initial understanding was correct: BUILD_DEPENDS is for software 
> required to build a package, but not necessary to be installed at 
> run-time.  In my experience, it works exactly as described.
> If devel/gitlab-shell is pulling in security/heimdal when you're 
> installing from a package repository, then something is clearly going 
> wrong.  pkg(8) only records the run-time dependencies in the packages 
> it handles -- you can see those by `pkg info -d gitlab-shell`
> If you're building the gitlab-shell package locally, then the 
> BUILD_DEPENDS packages will be installed as part of the build process, 
> but marked for `pkg autoremove` to delete.

ok, then something is here broken:
root@gitlab:/usr/local/www/gitlab-ce # pkg info -d gitlab-shell

If I now try to remove heimdal:
root@gitlab:/usr/local/www/gitlab-ce # pkg delete heimdal
Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting)
Deinstallation has been requested for the following 2 packages (of 0 
packages in the universe):

Installed packages to be REMOVED:
         gitlab-shell: 14.18.0
         heimdal: 7.8.0_6

So for an unkown reason, heimdal is recorded as a dependency, even if it 
should not.

Is this maybe a bug in pkg?



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