What is a dependent?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Mon Feb 1 01:15:05 PST 2010

On Jan 31, 2010, at 21:49, Harald Hanche-Olsen wrote:

> In order to do a bit of housecleaning, getting rid of old ports that I
> am not really using,

We have a script to help you do that, called port_cutleaves. Install the port_cutleaves port and run port_cutleaves to be guided through a process of uninstalling unneeded ports.

> I thought I could run "port dependents active"
> and deactivate the ports that come up with "has no dependents!" and
> that I am otherwise not interested in.
> But then I come up with oddities like the following:
> ; port dependents p5-pathtools
> p5-pathtools has no dependents!
> ; port deps intltool
> Full Name: intltool @0.40.6
> Build Dependencies:   gnome-common
> Library Dependencies: expat, perl5, p5-xml-parser, p5-getopt-long, p5-pathtools,
>                      p5-scalar-list-utils
> So intltool depends on p5-pathtools, but it is not among the
> dependents of p5-pathtools.
> Is my understanding of "dependent" wrong, or is there a bug lurking
> here?

I don't know. Possibly.

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