TeXLive distribution and macports

Christopher Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Sun Sep 9 14:29:16 UTC 2018


If I understand what you are asking correctly, you are asking how to setup a port that does nothing other than depend on other ports, so installing it drags in all the dependencies, in one go ? If so we have plenty of these in MacPorts. The first that springs to mind for instance is

https://github.com/macports/macports-ports/blob/master/x11/xorg-proto/Portfile <https://github.com/macports/macports-ports/blob/master/x11/xorg-proto/Portfile>

One trick is the port has to install *something* in order to work, for instance with the binary tarballs. A common trick is to create a README or similar…

cheers Chris

> On 9 Sep 2018, at 3:16 pm, Werner LEMBERG <wl at gnu.org> wrote:
> My computer for daily use is an openSuSE GNU/Linux box; for TeX
> processing, however, I'm directly using tlmgr.[*] Regardless of this I
> don't have any dependency issues with `zypper', openSuSE's package
> manager, since I'm using the nifty `texlive-dummy-opensuse' package,
>  https://github.com/rolfn/texlive-dummy-opensuse.git   .
> This package tells zypper that all TeXLive packages provided by
> openSuSE are installed, without installing them actually.
> I would like to have something similar for MacPorts.  My questions:
> * Has anyone already written such a dummy package?
> * If not, how can I construct `empty packages' that only exist to
>  fulfill package dependencies?
>    Werner
> [*] To be more precise, I don't use tlmgr at all but directly
>    TeXLive's SVN repository.  However, this distinction doesn't
>    matter here.

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