pkg and reverse dependencies

David Newman dnewman at
Mon Oct 24 01:32:07 UTC 2016

On 10/23/16 6:17 PM, Adam Vande More wrote:
> -r, 

My understanding is that -r returns dependencies of an installed package
-- i.e., which packages are required for that package to work.

I am asking about the opposite: Which other packages depend on this
package. This info was available from the old 'pkg_info -R' command.

> man pkg-info

No manual entry for pkg-info

And new systems no longer include the old pkg_info command. Did you mean
something else?



> On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 7:57 PM, David Newman <dnewman at>
> wrote:
>> With pkg, how to see reverse dependencies of an installed package?
>> The old pkg_info command had an -R switch for this, but 'pkg info -R
>> <name>' does not do that (it does return lots of other useful info).
>> Asking specifically about php56-recode, which causes apache24 to dump
>> core every time it's upgraded. I don't think I need php56-recode, but
>> would like to check what's using it before uninstalling. This is on an
>> 11.0-RELEASE amd64 system.
>> Thanks!
>> dn
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