dependency inheritance

[LoN]Kamikaze LoN_Kamikaze at
Mon May 15 08:04:55 UTC 2006

Jiawei Ye wrote:
> On 5/15/06, [LoN]Kamikaze <LoN_Kamikaze at> wrote:
>> First of all I don't understand why it should have any dependencies
>> apart from portupgrade.
>> The second problem is that apart from ruby-1.8.4_6,1 and perl-5.8.8,
>> which were obviously inherited from portupgrade, why does it inherit the
>> wrong version of ruby-bdb and why doesn't it inherit bdb4?
> During my conversation with the author of portmanager, we found that
> pkg_* tools look at the ports Makefiles instead of the installed
> db/pkg/+CONTENTS when determining the dependancies. Portmanager did an
> excellent job resolving these dependancy things, but it is not in
> active development now.
> Jiawei Ye

What I'd like to know is weather there is something wrong with my port.
This problem makes it necessary to run 'pkgdb -F' to use portupgrade.
Which is annoying in my opinion.

Since dependencies are travelled recursively I think inheriting only
makes it more difficult to maintain the package database, without
gaining anything from it.

I consider this a bug in the Ports system that should be fixed.

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