rubber dependencies

Harald Hanche-Olsen hanche at
Fri Aug 20 05:41:53 PDT 2010

+ Arno Hautala <arno at>:

> On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 06:47, Michael Williams <mike at> wrote:
> >
> > Why then does the MacPorts rubber package depend on 142 packages,
> > including the MacPorts perl, python, texlive and X11 systems ($
> > port rdeps rubber | wc -l)? Is this intended?

> Yes, it is intended.  Directly, Rubber only depends on Python and
> TexLive.  Those 142 other packages are brought in when you fully
> follow the dependencies of Python and TexLive.

If you're feeling adventurous, it should be possible to write your own
dummy texlive port to override the macports one, following
instructions here:

This probably only makes sense for really big ports like texlive,
though. If you try to do this too much, you only let yourself get
sucked into some nightmare maintenence scenario.

- Harald

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