The LIB_DEPENDS macro uses ldconfig -r to check for library dependencies within the ports tree. There is a slowly increasing set of ports that create shared libraries, which do not use a shared library version, ldconfig can handle.

In order to support LIB_DEPENDS properly for those ports, it is necessasry for maintainers to create non-trivial patches within the port's build framework, which increases the maintenance efforts and risk to break the port and dependent ports on doing it wrong.

A better approach is needed that can handle and detect shared libraries with the upstream-provided library version-scheme.


At the moment the output of ldconfig -r is limited to lib<name>.so.X, where X indicates the shared library version. Since there is no way to fix the output of ldconfig -r on a short term across all supported FreeBSD versions, a different or enhanced approach is necessary.


Maintainers need to be able to

The syntax and creation of a LIB_DEPENDS must be

The library detection code must be

User Input

Status Quo

The following naming schemes for LIB_DEPENDS exist:

<name>.<version(single digit)>:${PORTSDIR}/category/port
<name>-<version(dot-separated digits)>.<shversion>:${PORTSDIR}/category/port

If only a library name is provided, lib-depends: will search for a library lib<name>.so within the output of ldconfig -r If a library name with a version is provided, lib-depends: will search for either

If a library name with a version and shversion is provided, lib-depends: will search for either


The following naming schemes for LIB_DEPENDS shall be introduced:

<name>.<version(single digit)>:${PORTSDIR}/category/port
<name>.<version(dot-separated digits)>:${PORTSDIR}/category/port


LIB_DEPENDS= foo:${PORTSDIR}/devel/foo

lib-depends: searches for libfoo.so

LIB_DEPENDS= foo.3:${PORTSDIR}/devel/foo

lib-depends: searches for libfoo.3.so. If no such file could be found, libfoo.so.3 is searched for.

LIB_DEPENDS= foo.1.2.3:${PORTSDIR}/devel/foo \

lib-depends: searches for libfoo.so.1.2.3 and libbar.so.4.5

LIB_DEPENDS= libfoo.so.77:${PORTSDIR}/devel/foo \

lib-depends: searches for libfoo.so.77 and libbar-1.2.so


The lib-depends: target shall search the following directories for availability of the LIB_DEPENDS:

in the specific order listed above.

TODO: what about ${LDCONFIG32_DIR}?


<name>-<version(dot-separated digits)>.<shversion>:${PORTSDIR}/category/port will be removed with this proposal, which requires all ports using that specific scheme to be updated on implementation. This however solves issues with library version updates such as

libfoo-2.0.so.0 --> libfoo-2.0.1.so.0

which would require users to write non-intuitive entries such as

LIB_DEPENDS= foo-2.0.0:${PORTSDIR}/category/port --> LIB_DEPENDS= foo-${PORTSDIR}/category/port

Instead of the scheme, a qualified library name can be provided using the explicit lib prefix from lib<name>.so[<suffix>]:${PORTSDIR}/category/port. Although this doe not save typing work or eases chasing library updates, the library dependency is easier to understand:

LIB_DEPENDS= libfoo-2.0.so.0:${PORTSDIR}/category/port --> LIB_DEPENDS= libfoo-2.0.1.so.0:${PORTSDIR}/category/port


The change to LIB_DEPENDS (or more specifically the lib-depends: target) will not provide any logic to verify that the specified library name can be actually used by the linker. This however might be provided by tools or functions outside of the scope of this proposal (e.g. portlint).


Ports/fix_lib_depends (last edited 2022-06-08T00:55:06+0000 by KubilayKocak)