DEPENDS -- is it time to remove it?

Pav Lucistnik pav at
Tue Dec 11 11:01:55 PST 2007

> On Fri, Jan 05, 2007 at 08:28:10PM +0000, RW wrote:

Blast from the past :)

> So now I have a need for a metaport to depend on another metaport.
> Without DEPENDS, how do I accomplish that.  Using RUN_DEPENDS with 
> ${NONEXISTENT} seems not appropriate here, the Porters Handbook says
> that this should only be used to pull in source, not to install another
> metaport (unless it is already installed) and the effect of using
> something like RUN_DEPENDS=${NONEXISTENT}:${PORTSDIR}/lang/php5-extensions
> causes make install to try installing php5-extensions even when this port
> is already installed.


RUN_DEPENDS=	some-metaport>=0:${PORTSDIR}/dir/metaport

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