conflicting dependency

John E Hein jhein at
Thu Jul 20 14:22:23 UTC 2006

Chuck Swiger wrote at 09:39 -0400 on Jul 20, 2006:
 > John E Hein wrote:
 > > Let's say there are two ports A & B.
 > > They both provide (and so register CONFLICTS with each other).
 > > 
 > > Now port C wants to use libfoo (and doesn't care if it gets it
 > > from A or B).
 > > 
 > > What does port C list in it's LIB_DEPENDS?
 > Whichever one the author of port C chooses.
 > Quite often, at least for things like the BerkeleyDB, the author of port C 
 > will provide tunable OPTIONS or WITH_ or WITHOUT_ flags that you as the user 
 > of the port can tune to choose a particular version that you like.

Just for purposes of clarification, in this example, for purposes of
what C wants libfoo for, either libfoo from A or B will do.  C doesn't

 > > What if it lists A and someone installs B... does A get registered as
 > > the dependency when C is installed even though A is not installed?
 > No, the port should be registered against B and not A, if B is installed.

I agree.  It should.  But how does the ports infrastructure accomplish

If the porter listed A as the dependency and libfoo is already
installed via B, what is the mechanism in the ports infrastructure by
which B gets registered as the dependency?

B could have been installed 6 months ago before the user decided today
that he wants to use C.

Maybe there is no way right now to register the "installed"
alternative dependency automatically.

 > However, if a porter misses listing a necessary dependency, then
 > things can get a little confused, and running "pkgdb -F" might
 > help...

It's not that he missed listing a dependency.  The problem is that he
can't list both A & B - they conflict.

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