Massive port bloat caused by the recommended en-freebsd-doc

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Mon Mar 29 08:04:54 UTC 2010

Am 28.03.2010, 22:16 Uhr, schrieb Hiroki Sato:

> Peter Olsson <pol at> wrote
>   in <1269804756.2864.94.camel at x61s>:
> po> I added no options to the configs that were displayed, just removed  
> some
> po> (e.g. X11 from ghostscript IIRC). I'm not so concerned with the time
> po> that passed, I'm just shocked by the number of ports that got  
> installed.
> po>
> po> I'm glad this was a test install, I won't install en-freebsd-doc  
> again.
> po> I suggest a big warning sign on the installation page which  
> recommends
> po> installing en-freebsd-doc. Anyway, no worries and keep up the very  
> good
> po> work you do with FreeBSD.
>  This is because building the documentation set needs a bunch of
>  toolchains.  If you want this but not want to install the toolchains,
>  install it by using the corresponding packages.

If I understand Peter's message correctly, he was _surprised_ (astonished)  
that he needed the somewhat extensive docproj toolchain to rebuild (and it  
is huge, since it pulls tex in which you don't want to pull through a v.92  
or GPRS modem ;)).

His suggestion would be that we explicitly *warn* that ??-freebsd-doc  
packages require docproj and its many dependencies for a rebuild and  
suggest that those who don't want those dependencies upgrade the package,  
as you suggest.

I'm not sure what the best way to deal with that would be, at least I'd  
suggest that Peter files a problem-report (send-pr or online) to propose  
such a warning (that is so that this discussion doesn't get lost).

Matthias Andree

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