problem with recursing dependencies

Joshua Root jmr at
Sun Jul 12 02:52:23 PDT 2009

On 2009-7-12 19:23, Panagiotis Atmatzidis wrote:
> Hello,
> Lately I'm having troubles with recursive dependencies. Every time I
> install a package on a mac mini acting as a server I have keep an eye on
> the variants and the dependencies before the installation (sudo port
> deps/variants pkg_name).
> But lately, I've tried to install rdiff-backup and although I've got a
> reasonable volume of packages to be installed and I have this
> configuration in the:
> devo:~ atma$ tail -n 1 /opt/local/etc/macports/variants.conf
> -apache -apache2 +no_x11
> when I try to install rdiff-backup or duplicity (incremental backup
> utilities that permit remote backup via ssh/ftp) I get these packages
> installed:
> [...]
> A dozen of xorg related packages. 

Try this: <>

It shows that the xorg ports are getting pulled in in via tk. It has a
'quartz' variant which will remove them.

> This machine is intended to act as a
> server so xorg related package should not be installed if not for
> libraries. Later it tries to install xorg itself. The problem is that I
> can't see the circular dependencies (say like gentoo) in order to
> determine which variants cause this mess.

I don't see any evidence of circular dependencies.

- Josh

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