portfile question concerning optional deps

Joshua Root jmr at macports.org
Thu Mar 3 15:17:48 PST 2011

On 2011-3-4 10:02 , Daniel J. Luke wrote:
> ... and just to note why I care:
> It would be useful at some point to be able to differentiate between ports that need a library or ports that need an executable binary that is provided by another port (think about library ABI changes).

Knowing whether a port actually links with each dependency is also
important for arch checking and license compliance (with binaries).
However I'm not clear on how the change you're proposing will help with

- Josh

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