Dependency hell

Ziller, James James.Ziller at
Mon Apr 19 11:34:24 PDT 2004

So then is there a way that the ports/package system can automatically
handle replacing with, so that packages compiled to
use can use instead (assuming the new version is
backward compatable)?  Or can the port link against say (which
should be a symlink to the version of the library that's installed)?

Thanks for the responses,

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Swiger [mailto:cswiger at] 
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2004 1:18 PM
To: Ziller, James
Cc: 'freebsd-questions at'
Subject: Re: Dependency hell

On Apr 19, 2004, at 10:28 AM, Ziller, James wrote:
> So in other words I do have to recompile everything that depends on a
> given
> library just because that library is updated to a slightly newer 
> version?:(

Well, you could simply use the old version of the library.

It's not especially hard to write code in a way that maintains upwards 
compatibility-- putting a version # or sizeof(struct foo) in structures 
being passed around helps!-- but some projects don't bother.


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