Process for checking port dependencies

Joshua Root jmr at
Wed Feb 25 17:17:00 PST 2009

Scott Haneda wrote:
> This ASSP port is going to kill me.
> I have either through MacPorts, or local ports I have made, nearly made
> ASSP as a new port.  Below, is my testing methodology, can someone
> confirm this is the best process, or if there are simpler methods that I
> should be using?
> Clean up as if a new user
> rm -rf /opt/local
> sudo port -d install p5-some-perl-module
> If the above goes clean
> port list installed
> If the above shows it is installed
> port uninstall -d p5-some-perl-module
> Rinse and repeat.
> If I run into a something that is complaining that it needs some other
> dependency, I find it, add it to the portfile, and try again the steps
> above.  I am not rm'ing every time, just once, to mimic a new user.
> I have somewhere around 40 or these to do, it is a process.  If there is
> anything anyone can share to make it easier, I sure would love to hear it.

This is the main problem that trace mode (-t) was designed to solve.

- Josh

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