latex packages and ports

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Wed Aug 18 18:37:50 PDT 2010

On Aug 18, 2010, at 20:28, Bertrand Scherrer wrote:

>> There isn't a general way to find out what port will install what file if that port is not already installed.
> I think it would be a good thing to add, in order to only install the ports that are truely necessary ... that's my two cents on the topic. 

It is a bit complicated to do, since we would have to maintain a database somewhere of lists of files installed by ports, by all combinations of platform, architecture, and variants. We have no automatic build infrastructure at this point, so at this time we have no source for generating that info. We should work on creating the automatic build infrastructure for other reasons anyway, then we can basically get what you want for free.

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