A question about dependencies

Jeremy Messenger mezz7 at cox.net
Tue Jun 29 09:37:37 PDT 2004

On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 18:17:09 +0200, Michael Nottebrock  
<michaelnottebrock at gmx.net> wrote:

> On Tuesday 29 June 2004 10:14, Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 28, 2004 at 10:43:02PM -0600, Bob Melson wrote:
>> > Briefly, I discovered on my system some 124 ports of 600+ that show
>> > python as a requirement.  Granted that many are probably cascading
>> > requirements:  A requires B which requires C which requires python,  
>> so A
>> > and B are shown  to depend on it; this still seems to me to be a  
>> problem.
>> Actually, there are just two ports that directly depend on python, and
>> through which the majority of those other ports you mention inherit
>> their python dependence.  Those ports are:
>>     textproc/libxml2
>>     textproc/libxslt
>> both of which are important parts of the Gnome environment.
>> If you don't want python installed on your system, then there's a
>> simple solution.  Set 'WITHOUT_PYTHON=yes' in /etc/make.conf and
>> reinstall all of the ports that depend from those two.
> In the special case of python, I would agree that there are unnecessary
> dependencies recorded - it seems libxml and libxslt do not have a runtime
> dependency on python, just a buildtime dependency to build python  
> bindings.
> However, USE_PYTHON can either record both run & buildtime dependencies  
> none
> - perhaps another knob is needed here. Comments?

It will install the *.py files if Python enable, so I disagree with this.  
But, I don't understand what you mean by 'perhaps another knob is needed  
here'. WITHOUT_PYTHON knob isn't good enough?


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