How do I find out who requested a port?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Wed Apr 27 15:54:40 PDT 2016

On Apr 27, 2016, at 12:45 PM, Justin Vallon wrote:

> On 4/13/16 7:02 PM, Michael wrote:
>> On 2016-04-13, at 3:50 PM, Jeremy Lavergne <jeremy at>
>>  wrote:
>>> Check out `port dependents gdk-pixbuf2` (with port deps being the other direction).
>> keybounceMBP:Mlp michael$ port dependents xorg-libX11
>> gdk-pixbuf2 depends on xorg-libX11
>> mesa depends on xorg-libX11
>> xorg-libXext depends on xorg-libX11
>> xorg-libXfixes depends on xorg-libX11
>> xorg-libXt depends on xorg-libX11
>> xrender depends on xorg-libX11
>> keybounceMBP:Mlp michael$ port dependents mesa
>> mesa has no dependents.
>> keybounceMBP:Mlp michael$ port dependents gdk-pixbuf2
>> gtk2 depends on gdk-pixbuf2
>> keybounceMBP:Mlp michael$ 
>> Hmm, so mesa is one of them, and nothing depends on mesa (so who asked for it / why is it there?)
>> But also gtk2. I thought gtk3 was the current version -- gtk2 isn't even maintained if I understood correctly.
>> keybounceMBP:Mlp michael$ port dependents gtk2
>> gtk2 has no dependents.
>> And who asked for it?
> A few possibilities that I can think of:
> 1) You installed it explicitly (check port list requested)

"port list" is seldom what you want. See:

You probably want "port installed requested".

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