pkg_add/delete questions

RW list-freebsd-2004 at
Mon Oct 23 21:31:56 UTC 2006

On Monday 23 October 2006 20:48, Eric wrote:
> RW wrote:
> > On Monday 23 October 2006 16:15, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> >> "Mark Jayson Alvarez" <markjayson.alvarez at> writes:
> >>> I have several questions:
> >>>
> >>> 1. If I install a particular package, its dependencies will be
> >>> installed as well. Now if I remove it later using pkg_delete, only
> >>> that package will be removed and not the dependencies. The reason I
> >>> guess is because some other packages may be dependent on those
> >>> dependencies as well. Is there a way to remove a particular package
> >>> and all of its dependencies (given that no other package is dependent
> >>> on those dependencies)?
> >>
> >> Is the pkg_cutleaves port what you're looking for?
> >
> > If you build anything from ports, portmanager does a better job as it it
> > takes account of build dependencies.
> portmaster has an -s switch that will remove ports no longer needed by
> any other ports, so what you can do is say uninstall port A then run
> portmaster -s and it will pick up any ports that port A required but
> nothing else does and offer to remove them. it is an alternate to
> portmanager, so you will not need both.

As I said: "portmanager does a better job [than pkg_cutleaves] as it it takes 
account of build dependencies". Portmaster also only works with runtime 

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