Should root have a gcc/clang port as a lib dependency?

Lawrence Velázquez larryv at
Mon Sep 23 14:59:47 PDT 2013

On Sep 23, 2013, at 1:01 PM, Jean-François Caron <jfcaron at> wrote:

> Adding the compiler as a lib dependency doesn't feel really appropriate either, since it's not being used as a library, but rather is called externally.

It's common for ports to use "depends_lib" for a dependency that is required at both build time and runtime, even if no linking is involved. Such usage is arguably incorrect due to semantic ambiguity, but you'll find no shortage of ports that partake in it.


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