Library numbers in LIB_DEPENDS considered harmful (Re: recent portrevision bump for libvpx)

Doug Barton dougb at
Sat Feb 18 00:02:35 UTC 2012

On 02/17/2012 15:41, Mikhail T. wrote:
> If, in fact, the current port does not care, which version of libfoo is
> uses -- and most software does not -- then declaring an explicit V is
> wrong: it /gratuitously/ tightens the build-time requirements. Unless a
> particular version is, indeed, required, the above line should read simply:
>    LIB_DEPENDS=    foo:${PORTSDIR}/cat/libfoo

Big +1. Same goes for how some of the build/run deps are specified. This
has definitely become a case of "If you give someone a knob, it's
overwhelmingly likely that they will twist it."



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