Subject: Re: removing RUN_DEPENDS
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/28/2000 04:56:00
On Sun, 27 Feb 2000, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> I would like to see RUN_DEPENDS revived. If done properly, you could
> upgrade, say, python, without unecessarily reinstalling every package
> that is only a python script.

Right now, we pull in the RUN_DEPENDS when both installing from pkgsrc
(because the pkg is thought of "running" then) as well as when installing
via pkg_add - that's just like DEPENDS, and that's why I'd like to see it
gone. (It's marked as deprecated for some time now anyways, but I admit I
forgot why it was marked as such initially)

The only difference between RUN_DEPENDS and DEPENDS is that you pass a
command/filename to RUN_DEPENDS and a package name to DEPENDS. In the
sense of a straighened user interface, I'd like to see consistency there.

> On that note, I'm not sure I like your last change to the update
> target, concerning BUILD_DEPENDS. Why are we rebuilding and
> reinstalling "gmake" everytime we update a package that needs it? This
> is a problem on the slower machines (such as mac68k), that take a few
> minutes just to install and register a package, and on top of that, it
> strikes me as completely unnecessary.

Uh, i'm not aware I ever touched the update target, at least not on
purpose. Can you give me a revision number?

 - Hubert

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