A question about dependencies
perky at i18n.org
Tue Jun 29 09:41:42 PDT 2004
On Tue, Jun 29, 2004 at 06:17:09PM +0200, Michael Nottebrock 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?
Without runtime depencency, they will need some treatments to remove
python site packages directory ($PREFIX/lib/python2.3/site-packages).
I see that splitting python ports out from libxml2 and libxslt port
would be better than that.
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