depend - software dependencies file
depend is an ASCII file used to specify information
concerning software dependencies for a particular package. The file is
created by a software developer.
Each entry in the depend file describes a single software
package. The instance of the package is described after the entry line by
giving the package architecture and/or version. The format of each entry and
subsequent instance definition is:
type pkg name
The fields are:
Defines the dependency type. Must be one of the following
Indicates a prerequisite for installation; for example,
the referenced package or versions must be installed.
Implies that the existence of the indicated package or
version is incompatible.
Indicates a reverse dependency. Instead of defining the
package's own dependencies, this designates that another package depends on
this one. This type should be used only when an old package does not have a
depend file, but relies on the newer package nonetheless. Therefore,
the present package should not be removed if the designated old package is
still on the system since, if it is removed, the old package will no longer
Indicates the package abbreviation.
Specifies the full package name.
Specifies a particular instance of the software. A
version name cannot begin with a left parenthesis. The instance
specifications, both (arch) and version, are completely
optional, but each (arch)version pair must begin on a new line that
begins with white space. A null version set equates to any version of the
Example 1 Sample of depend file
Here are the contents of a sample depend file, for the
SUNWftpr (FTP Server) package, stored in
P SUNWcar Core Architecture, (Root)
P SUNWkvm Core Architecture, (Kvm)
P SUNWcsr Core Solaris, (Root)
P SUNWcsu Core Solaris, (Usr)
P SUNWcsd Core Solaris Devices
P SUNWcsl Core Solaris Libraries
R SUNWftpu FTP Server, (Usr)
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