DEPENDS -- is it time to remove it?

Vasil Dimov vd at
Fri Jan 5 00:13:08 PST 2007

On Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 16:05:21 +0100, Erwin Lansing wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 04, 2007 at 02:01:46PM +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> > 
> > Dear all,
> > 
> > The ports make infrastructure has a whole series of variables for showing
> > how one port depends on another: LIB_DEPENDS, BUILD_DEPENDS, RUN_DEPENDS
> > etc.  Amongst these is what looks to me like the vestigial remnant of
> > an earlier phase of the ports: the plain, unmodified 'DEPENDS' variable.
> > 
> There is also a PR against this: ports/99724.  Unfortunately, it hasn't
> made it into an -exp run on pointyhat yet as other patches had higher
> priority.  It is on the TODO-list however, you are completely right that
> it should be removed.

One thing that can be done in the meantime is to remove DEPENDS from
those 3 ports that still use it. So things are nice and tidy when time
comes to edit

Vasil Dimov
gro.DSBeerF at dv
It is a simple task to make things complex, but a complex
task to make them simple.
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