listing/finding ports

Kevin Ballard eridius at
Fri Dec 29 19:19:44 PST 2006

If you don't have the file installed on your system, then MacPorts  
has no way of knowing what port provides it.

In terms of dependency resolution, various ports say "I depend on  
library foo", and it finds the port for it because that port is  
explicitly declared in the dependency.

But in the general case, MacPorts really has no idea what ports  
provide what files until you install the ports.

On Dec 29, 2006, at 6:11 AM, Alexy Khrabrov wrote:

> How does one find a port containing a file, e.g. mkisofs?  Generally,
> which listing/installation mechanisms, similar to dpkg, are available?

Kevin Ballard
eridius at

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