julian at freebsd.org
Sat Oct 1 02:35:47 UTC 2016
Hi ports people.
It seems to me that there has been an explosion in ports dependencies
Things that used to need a few dependencies are now pulling in things
one would never imagine.
We just had to add the openjdk7 port to something and the number of
dependencies is at 120 and rising still.
(mostly due to an *undocumented* dependency on a cups include file).
I needed to add glib2 and I got over 20 dependencies. (and then it
failed to compile).
12 ports I've been adding to my systems for years have now resulted in
135 unexpected ports being built.
Some issues I've noted:
There is a need for a "minimum" install of a lot of packages.
Such a 'minimum' install should probably be the default when coming in
as a dependency, as
there is an increasing tendency to configure things with all the bells
anyone have any thought as to 1/ why the recent explosion, and 2/ what
to do about it?
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