portmaster and build depends

Rob Farmer rfarmer at predatorlabs.net
Sun Aug 22 00:49:33 UTC 2010

On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Doug Barton <dougb at freebsd.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 21 Aug 2010, Rob Farmer wrote:
>> I just came across what I think is a potential problem in portmaster
>> (3.0). I csup-ed today and ran portmaster -a. This machine had ports
>> last updated on August 9th.
>> ===>>> The following actions will be taken if you choose to proceed:
>>       Upgrade en-freebsd-doc-20100625 to en-freebsd-doc-20100811
>>       Upgrade ruby-,1 to ruby-,1
>>       Upgrade sqlite3- to sqlite3-
>>       Upgrade freetype2-2.4.1 to freetype2-2.4.2
>>       Upgrade ghostscript8-nox11-8.71_4 to ghostscript8-nox11-8.71_5
>>       Install print/cups-image
>>       Install print/cups-client
>>       Install security/gnutls
>>       Upgrade bison-2.4.1_1,1 to bison-2.4.3,1
>>       Upgrade ddclient-3.8.0 to ddclient-3.8.0_1
>>       Upgrade nginx-devel-0.8.48 to nginx-devel-0.8.49
>>       Upgrade phpMyAdmin-3.3.5 to phpMyAdmin-
>> ===>>> Proceed? y/n [y]
>> I think this is an issue because ghostscript is a build dependency of
>> en-freebsd-doc (indirectly: textproc/docproj-jadetex >
>> textproc/docproj > print/ghostscript8). Thus, the new documentation
>> tools will be built after the new documentation is built with the old
>> tools.
> The case you're describing more generally is:
> parent port: out of date
>        \
>         child port: up to date
>                \
>                 grandchild port: out of date
> This is exact scenario that I left the -t option in the code to handle, and
> is the only one where I know for sure that it's valid and appropriate.
> Unfortunately it's nearly impossible for portmaster to detect this situation
> without -t, and using it routinely has other nasty side effects.
> The only thing I can suggest at this point is to try -at and see if that
> works for you.

Ok, portmaster -at seems to work as expected.

However, the problem with this solution is that if -t isn't
recommended for routine use, how am I supposed to know when to use it?

Rob Farmer

> hth,
> Doug
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