Gentoo Linux Notes

To update all packages on your system:

emerge --sync && emerge -DNtuv world

To clean unused package files:

eclean distfiles

Local storage location of distfiles:


To list chronological order of packages installed:

qlop -l

To find which package contains a file:

 equery belongs `which <filename>`
or equery belongs <filename>

2 portage directories:


Above is the default location for the portage tree.


Above is the default temporary location for portage to build packages.

To just unpack the code (it will automatically download it if needed):

ebuild /usr/portage/x11-drivers/evdev/evdev<version> unpack

To add a user to a group:

gpasswd -a USERNAME vboxusers

Previous portage emerge messages:


By: Neil Sikka

Posted On : 2011/03/26


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