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Date:      Fri, 10 Aug 2007 18:47:21 -0400
From:      Robert Huff <roberthuff@rcn.com>
To:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Remove ports dependencies
Message-ID:  <18108.60153.355168.203495@jerusalem.litteratus.org>
In-Reply-To: <46BCE783.2010407@cam.ac.uk>
References:  <46BC51C3.1020103@cam.ac.uk> <20070810123939.GA84642@ei.bzerk.org> <46BCE783.2010407@cam.ac.uk>

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Christopher Key writes:


>  I do have another query though; pkg_cutleaves is supposed to show
>  you a list of of packages upon which nothing depends.  In theory
>  this means that there should be nothing in this list beyond the
>  ports I've explicitly installed.

	This theory is incorrect.

>  However, I do seem to have gained autoconf, automake, gmake,
>  help2man and libtool.  Am I right in thinking that these were
>  required for building / installing something at some point, but
>  that nothing would break if I were to remove them?

	I'm not sure about help2man, but for the others: yes.
	The price will be having them automatically reinstalled every
time a port is built which uses them.  While doing so will not take
long ... none of these is a space-hog, nor do they adversely affect
system operation.  General practice is to leave them be.


				Robert Huff



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