Why don't p5-* ports mark their dependencies?

Kastus Shchuka macports at tprfct.net
Sat Jun 12 17:39:34 UTC 2021

> On Jun 12, 2021, at 9:54 AM, Rainer Müller <raimue at macports.org> wrote:
> On 12/06/2021 18.32, Bill Cole wrote:
>> On 2021-06-12 at 12:11:47 UTC-0400 (Sat, 12 Jun 2021 09:11:47 -0700)
>> Kastus Shchuka <macports at tprfct.net>
>> is rumored to have said:
>>> I wish it could be so easy to remove perl5.28. Apparently, I have to
>>> keep it because of git:
>> port uninstall git
>> port install git -perl5_28 +perl5_30
> sudo port upgrade --enforce-variants git -perl5_28 +perl5_30

Thank you, that worked and allowed me to uninstall all p5.28 modules.

What puzzles me still, why port info shows that git depends on perl 5.28 modules:

$ port info git          
git @2.32.0 (devel)
Variants:             [+]credential_osxkeychain, [+]diff_highlight, [+]doc, gitweb, [+]pcre, perl5_26, [+]perl5_28,
                      perl5_30, python, svn, universal

Description:          Git is a fast, scalable, distributed open source version control system focusing on speed and
Homepage:             https://git-scm.com/

Extract Dependencies: xz
Library Dependencies: perl5.28, curl, zlib, openssl, expat, libiconv, pcre2
Runtime Dependencies: p5.28-authen-sasl, p5.28-error, p5.28-net-smtp-ssl, p5.28-term-readkey, p5.28-cgi, rsync
Platforms:            darwin
License:              GPL-2 and LGPL-2.1+
Maintainers:          Email: ciserlohn at macports.org, GitHub: ci42
                      Policy: openmaintainer
$ port installed and git
The following ports are currently installed:
  git @2.31.1_2+credential_osxkeychain+diff_highlight+doc+pcre+perl5_30
  git @2.32.0_0+credential_osxkeychain+diff_highlight+doc+pcre+perl5_30 (active)

git works, as far as I can test. 



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