Getting a list of existing packages

Erwin Lansing erwin at
Thu Sep 25 10:19:55 PDT 2003

On Thu, Sep 25, 2003 at 04:37:42PM +0000, Philip Reynolds wrote:
> Dan Langille <dan at> 20 lines of wisdom included:
> > Please cc me on any replies.
> > 
> > I'm trying to find a way of determining whether or not a given port 
> > should have a package.  I would prefer to obtain this information via 
> > make. e.g. make -V PACKAGEEXISTS
> I don't think this is possible, since package builds are done
> regularly. The fact that a package existed when someone updated the
> port last, does not mean that a package still exists. I think the
> main reason a package would not exist would be because of a build
> failure (distfile not existing, compilation error etc.)
> I think the only way to check if a relevant port has a package would
> be to check on bento.
> I'm completely open to correction here..
> I'm also wondering what exactly you mean by "should have a package"?
> Perhaps I missed the point completely.
I'm not quite sure about the question either. I can see two possibles,
the one you answered and another to which the answer would be the
opposite of NO_PACKAGE and friends.


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