User talk:Sam/Portage help/Circular dependencies

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harfbuzz and freetype

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USE=-* is wrong and unnecessary in every case.

Because freetype has very few dependencies, there is a much simpler solution in many, many cases on first install:

root #USE="-harfbuzz" emerge --oneshot media-libs/freetype

Nothing in a bare environment requires it.

One of the few things to force pull it in is pango which none of the freetype deps should be referencing.

--Grknight (talk) 20:12, 13 August 2021 (UTC)

Well, it's not wrong here (the aim is to allow configure + compilation to complete with minimial dependencies), but I agree it's not ideal to use it. I've adjusted it slightly for now but I don't think it's perfect yet - I think I've overcomplicated it.

Could you give me your thoughts now? Feel free to simplify the set of commands although I think having the nodeps option is worthwhile as a secondary option (but we can express it differently).

(Thanks for noticing the page by the way!)

--Sam (talk) 02:03, 14 August 2021 (UTC)