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Gentoolkit is a suite of tools to ease the administration of a Gentoo system. This document covers the basics of some of the tools present in Gentoolkit.


What is Gentoolkit?

Gentoo is a unique distribution and presents some complexities that simply don't exist for other distributions. As Gentoo developers and contributors discovered some of these complexities, they also wrote tools to help users and administrators work around them. Many of these tools have been contributed to the Gentoo project and are included in the package app-portage/gentoolkit.

As of now, there are two versions of gentoolkit: app-portage/gentoolkit and app-portage/gentoolkit-dev. While the former contains administration scripts, the latter contains scripts specific to help development on Gentoo. If you are a developer, you can have your scripts included into gentoolkit-dev by contacting the Gentoolkit maintainer. This document discusses gentoolkit only.

Gentoolkit contains a whole bunch of useful tools to help manage your packages and keep track of what is going on in your system. Most users -- particularly those who update systems often -- will benefit from having gentoolkit installed.


Just as with any Gentoo package, installation is just a simple emerge.

root #emerge --ask gentoolkit
Many of the tools in gentoolkit reveal important information about your system or require root privilege. For that reason, some of the programs may only be executed (or only function properly) if run by a user with root privileges.

Finding Documentation

Any documentation that a program might have (other than man pages) is stored in /usr/share/doc/gentoolkit-[version]/[program-name]/.



equery is a tool that displays useful information about the packages on your system. equery is based on a system of modules. Every module has a shorthand name. For example, equery l gcc is the same as equery list gcc. equery --help explains global options and lists all available modules and their shorthand names. equery --help module will display the help screen for a specific module. Lastly, man equery provides a detailed explanation of all available modules and options, and provides useful examples.

Below is a list of features that work over the majority of modules.

user $equery --quiet list gcc
user $equery --quiet list sys-devel/gcc
user $equery --quiet list '>=sys-devel/gcc-4'

Like emerge, equery doesn't understand partial package names:

user $equery check zilla
!!! No package found matching zilla

Unlike emerge, equery can accept shell-like globbing in the category and/or package name:

user $equery check '*zilla*'
 * Checking www-client/mozilla-firefox-3.0.14 ...
    90 out of 90 files passed
user $equery check www-c*/*
 * Checking www-client/links-2.2 ...
   30 out of 30 files passed
 * Checking www-client/mozilla-firefox-3.0.14 ...
   90 out of 90 files passed

Most equery modules take multiple input:

user $equery hasuse sse sse2
 * Searching for USE flag sse ...
[IP-] [  ] media-libs/flac-1.2.1-r3 (0)
[IP-] [  ] media-libs/speex-1.2_beta3_p2 (0)
 * Searching for USE flag sse2 ...
[IP-] [  ] dev-libs/openssl-0.9.8k (0)
[IP-] [  ] x11-libs/pixman-0.16.0 (0)

A few modules also allow full regular expressions:

user $equery -q list --portage-tree --full-regex '[kr]?flickr.*'
Globbing support replaced a number of older options in equery. For example, to act on all packages in a certain set, use '*'. To act on all packages in a category, use 'category-name/*'.
Don't forget to quote input when using special shell characters like asterisks or greater than/less than signs.

The next few sections in this document give a quick introduction to the different equery modules.

Finding the Package That a File Came From with belongs (b)

user $equery belongs -e /usr/bin/glxgears
 * Searching for /usr/bin/glxgears ...
 x11-apps/mesa-progs-7.5.1 (/usr/bin/glxgears)

belongs can search for files matching a regular expression with the-f option. The-e option stops searching after it finds a match. Since no file on your system should be owned by two packages, this is a safe optimization.

Viewing ChangeLog Entries with changes (c)

changes lets you view ChangeLog entries for a package version or range of versions. Imagine after an emerge --sync, you notice Portage is going to be upgraded and want to check what has changed:

user $equery changes portage
*portage- (03 May 2009)
  03 May 2009; Zac Medico <> +portage- bump. This fixes bug #268398 (document econf automatic die)
  and bug #267104 (handle insufficient space interaction with userfetch).
  Bug #268228 tracks all bugs fixed since

Verifying Package Integrity with check (k)

Sometimes it is useful to check a package's integrity. equery can verify MD5 sums as well as timestamps to indicate when a package might have been corrupted, replaced, or removed.

user $equery check gentoolkit
 * Checking app-portage/gentoolkit-0.3.0_rc7 ...
   71 out of 71 files passed

Listing All Packages Depending on Package X with depends (d)

Ever wonder why a certain package has been installed on your system? equery can tell which packages list it as a dependency with depends. Include indirect dependencies with the -D option.

user $equery depends pygtk
 * Searching for pygtk ...
app-admin/pessulus-2.24.0 (>=dev-python/pygtk-2.6.0)
app-editors/gedit-2.24.3 (python ? >=dev-python/pygtk-2.12)
dev-libs/libgweather-2.24.3 (python ? >=dev-python/pygtk-2)
dev-python/gnome-python-base-2.22.3 (>=dev-python/pygtk-2.10.3)
dev-python/gnome-python-desktop-base-2.24.1 (>=dev-python/pygtk-2.10.3)

Getting Dependency Graphs with depgraph (g)

depgraph is the opposite of depends. You pass it a package, and it will find the packages it depends on (not that depend on it). When it finds a dependency, it will recursively search for all of that package's dependencies. Control how deep the tree gets with the --depth option.

user $equery depgraph mozilla-firefox
 * Searching for mozilla-firefox ...
 * dependency graph for www-client/mozilla-firefox-
`-- www-client/mozilla-firefox-
 `-- virtual/jre-1.6.0 (virtual/jre) [java]
  `-- virtual/jdk-1.6.0 (virtual/jdk-1.6.0*)
  `-- dev-java/icedtea6-bin (unable to resolve: package masked or removed)
   `-- dev-java/sun-jdk-
    `-- dev-java/java-sdk-docs- [doc]
     `-- app-arch/unzip-6.0-r1
      `-- app-arch/bzip2-1.0.5-r1 [bzip2]
    `-- sys-libs/glibc-2.9_p20081201-r2
     `-- sys-devel/gettext-0.17 [nls]
      `-- virtual/libiconv-0 (virtual/libiconv)

Notice how jre is a direct dependency and jdk is an indirect dependency if the java USE flag is set.

Listing Files Installed by a Package with files (f)

equery can list all the files installed by an ebuild with the files module. Try --tree to get an easy to read directory layout. Use --filter to only find a certain type of file. For example, to find where executables were installed, use --filter=cmd, and to quickly find the configuration file location, try --filter=conf.

user $equery files --tree gentoolkit
 * Searching for gentoolkit ...
 * Contents of app-portage/gentoolkit-0.3.0_rc7:
   > /eclean
      + distfiles.exclude
      + packages.exclude
   > /env.d
      + 99gentoolkit-env
   > /revdep-rebuild
      + 99revdep-rebuild
   > /bin
      + eclean
      + eclean-dist -> eclean
      + eclean-pkg -> eclean
      + epkginfo
      + equery
      + eread
      + euse
      + glsa-check
      + revdep-rebuild
   > /lib
      > /python2.6
         > /site-packages
            > /gentoolkit
            + gentoolkit-0.3.0_rc7-py2.6.egg-info
               > /equery

Looking for Packages that Have a Specific USE Flag with hasuse (h)

You can use hasuse to find out which packages have a given USE flag. hasuse won't tell you if the flag is enabled, only if the ebuild lists it as an option. See the EXAMPLES section of hasuse in the equery man page for more tip on getting that information.

user $equery hasuse qt3 qt4
 * Searching for USE flag qt3 ...
[IP-] [  ] app-crypt/pinentry-0.7.5 (0)
[IP-] [  ] net-dns/avahi-0.6.24-r2 (0)
[IP-] [  ] net-wireless/wpa_supplicant-0.6.9 (0)
 * Searching for USE flag qt4 ...
[IP-] [  ] net-dns/avahi-0.6.24-r2 (0)
[IP-] [  ] net-wireless/wpa_supplicant-0.6.9 (0)

Listing Packages with list (l)

list is a simple, yet powerful module to list packages that are installed, in the Portage tree or in an overlay.

user $equery list '*'
 * Searching for * ...
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-1.2.3 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-ctags-1.10 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-esd-20060719 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-fontconfig-1.0 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-opengl-1.0.8-r1 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-python-20090824 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-ruby-20081227 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/eselect-vi-1.1.5 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/perl-cleaner-1.05 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/pessulus-2.24.0 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/python-updater-0.7 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-admin/sudo-1.7.2_p1 (0)

The standard query will search installed packages for the given package name. Passing in '*' displays all packages in the set. In the leftmost field, we see that all the above packages are I(nstalled) and from the P(ortage) tree. They're not masked (the second field is blank), and they're all installed in the default slot (0).

This time we are going to use local options to look for packages in the Portage tree and overlays.

user $equery list -po vim
 * Searching for vim ...
[-P-] [  ] app-editors/vim-7.0.235 (0)
[-P-] [ ~] app-editors/vim-7.0.243 (0)
[-P-] [  ] app-editors/vim-7.1.123 (0)
[-P-] [ ~] app-editors/vim-7.1.330 (0)
[-P-] [  ] app-editors/vim-7.2 (0)
[-P-] [ ~] app-editors/vim-7.2.108 (0)
[IP-] [  ] app-editors/vim-7.2.182 (0)
[-P-] [ ~] app-editors/vim-7.2.238 (0)
[-P-] [ ~] app-editors/vim-7.2.264 (0)

In this example you can see version 7.2.182 is installed and there are no versions available from an overlay. You can see which versions are keyword masked by the ~ in the second field.

Viewing Package Metadata with meta (m)

Each package in the Portage tree provides at least some metadata about its maintainer, herd, etc. Read about Gentoo Metadata. The amount of useful information depends on how much package maintainers decide to provide. With no options, meta returns some basic useful information.

user $equery meta gnucash
 * app-office/gnucash [gentoo]
 Herd:        gnome-office (
 Maintainer: (Torsten Veller)
 Upstream:    None specified
 Location:    /usr/portage/app-office/gnucash
 Keywords:    2.2.9-r1:0: alpha amd64 ppc sparc x86
 Keywords:    2.2.9-r2:0:
 Keywords:    2.3.8:0:
 Keywords:    2.3.10:0: ~alpha ~amd64 ~ppc ~sparc ~x86

When the maintainer provides extra information, it can be very useful:

user $equery meta --description emacs
 * app-editors/emacs
  GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor - and more. At its core
  is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language
  with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include:
   * Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a wide
     variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
   * Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
   * Support for many languages and their scripts, including all the European
     "Latin" scripts, Russian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai,
     Vietnamese, Lao, Ethiopian, and some Indian scripts.
   * Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical customization
   * A large number of extensions that add other functionality, including a
     project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and
     more. Many of these extensions are distributed with GNU Emacs; others are
     available separately.

Finding Package Sizes with size (s)

Have you ever been curious to find out how much space a specific package is occupying? Since a package could have its files over a number of directories, the usual du -hc might not give you the correct figure. Not to worry, here comes equery to the rescue!

user $equery size openoffice-bin
 * app-office/openoffice-bin-3.1.1
         Total files : 4624
         Total size  : 361.38 MiB

As you can see, size prints the total space used in human-readable units and lists the total number of files the package has. To get the total size in bytes, use --bytes .

Listing Per-Package USE Flags with uses (u)

equery's uses module can provide information about what USE flags are available for a specific package, and which of those flags is currently enabled.

user $equery uses gst-plugins-meta
 * Searching for gst-plugins-meta ...
[ Legend : U - flag is set in make.conf       ]
[        : I - package is installed with flag ]
[ Colors : set, unset                         ]
 * Found these USE flags for media-plugins/gst-plugins-meta-0.10-r2:
 U I
 + + X      : Adds support for X11
 - - a52    : Enables support for decoding ATSC A/52 streams used in DVD
 + + alsa   : Adds support for media-libs/alsa-lib (Advanced Linux Sound
 - - dvb    : Adds support for DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting)
 + + dvd    : Adds support for DVDs
 + + esd    : Adds support for media-sound/esound (Enlightened Sound Daemon)
 + + ffmpeg : Enable ffmpeg-based audio/video codec support
 + + flac   : Adds support for FLAC: Free Lossless Audio Codec
 - - mad    : Adds support for mad (high-quality mp3 decoder library and cli
 + + mpeg   : Adds libmpeg3 support to various packages
 - - mythtv : Support for retrieval from media-tv/mythtv backend
 + + ogg    : Adds support for the Ogg container format (commonly used by
              Vorbis, Theora and flac)
 - - oss    : Adds support for OSS (Open Sound System)
 + + theora : Adds support for the Theora Video Compression Codec
 + + vorbis : Adds support for the OggVorbis audio codec
 - - xv     : Adds in optional support for the Xvideo extension (an X API for
              video playback)

Here, a number of USE flags are enabled in gstreamer's plugin meta-package, but you can see that there are other USE flags available. For more information on USE flags, please refer to the USE Flags chapter of the Gentoo Handbook.

Finding the Ebuild Path with which (w)

which is a simple script to help you quickly find the file path to an ebuild. If you pass an unversioned package name, which will return the path to the newest installable ebuild version, in other words, the ebuild Portage would use if you typedemerge package. Pass in a versioned package to get the path to that ebuild.

user $equery which gnome

Lastly, if none of the above features of equery have answered your question, try using which to manually search an ebuild with programs like cat, less or grep:

user $grep HOMEPAGE $(equery which gentoolkit)

Be aware that equery currently changes the format of the output if it is sent through a pipe. The piped format is intended to be easier to parse by tools, but you can also turn it off by adding the --no-pipe option. If you write scripts that employ equery, you should be aware of this.



euse is a tool to see, set and unset USE flags at various places. For more information on USE flags, please refer to the USE Flags. Please see euse -h for complete help and all options.

Viewing, Setting and Unsetting USE Flags

The euse -a command reads the current active USE flags and displays them.

There are 5 "columns" that euse now uses to show whether a flag is set/unset and where all the flag has been set. The columns are as follows -- +/-, set in the Environment, set in make.Conf, set in make.Defaults, and set in make.Globals. The output looks like [+ECDG].
root #euse -a
X                   [+ CD ]
aalib               [+    ]
acpi                [+ C  ]
alsa                [+ C  ]
apache2             [+ C  ]
apm                 [+  D ]
avi                 [+  D ]
berkdb              [+  D ]
bitmap-fonts        [+  D ]
bonobo              [+    ]
cdr                 [+ C  ]
crypt               [+ CD ]
cscope              [+ C  ]
cups                [+ CD ]
curl                [+    ]
emboss              [+  D ]
encode              [+  D ]
esd                 [+    ]
fam                 [+    ]
fbcon               [+ C  ]
firefox             [+ C  ]
font-server         [+  D ]
foomaticdb          [+  D ]
fortran             [+  D ]
gd                  [+ C  ]
gdbm                [+  D ]
gif                 [+ CD ]
gimpprint           [+ C  ]
gnome               [+ CD ]
gphoto2             [+    ]
gpm                 [+ CD ]
gstreamer           [+ C  ]
gtk                 [+  D ]
gtkhtml             [+ C  ]
guile               [+    ]
imagemagick         [+    ]
imlib               [+ CD ]
innodb              [+    ]
ipv6                [+  D ]
javascript          [+ C  ]
jpeg                [+ CD ]
kde                 [+  D ]
ldap                [+    ]
libg++              [+ CD ]
libwww              [+ CD ]
mad                 [+ CD ]
mbox                [+ C  ]
md5sum              [+ C  ]
mikmod              [+ CD ]
mmx                 [+ C  ]
motif               [+ CD ]
mp3                 [+    ]
mpeg                [+ CD ]
mpeg4               [+ C  ]
mysql               [+ C  ]
ncurses             [+ CD ]
nls                 [+  D ]
nvidia              [+ C  ]
odbc                [+    ]
offensive           [+    ]
ogg                 [+ CD ]
opengl              [+ CD ]
oss                 [+  D ]
pam                 [+ CD ]
pdflib              [+ CD ]
perl                [+ CD ]
png                 [+ CD ]
python              [+ CD ]
qt                  [+  D ]
quicktime           [+ CD ]
readline            [+ CD ]
ruby                [+    ]
sdl                 [+ CD ]
slang               [+  D ]
spell               [+ CD ]
sse                 [+ C  ]
ssl                 [+ CD ]
svga                [+ CD ]
tcltk               [+ C  ]
tcpd                [+  D ]
tiff                [+ C  ]
truetype            [+ CD ]
usb                 [+ C  ]
vanilla             [+ C  ]
x86                 [+ C  ]
xml                 [+    ]
xosd                [+ C  ]
xv                  [+ CD ]
xvid                [+ C  ]
zlib                [+ CD ]

Similarly you can use the euse -a -g command to only view active global USE flags. The euse -a -l command does the same for active local USE flags. -g and -l are suboptions to euse and need an option before them (like -a) to function correctly.

root #euse -a -l
bitmap-fonts        [+  D ]
font-server         [+  D ]
fortran             [+  D ]
gimpprint           [+ C  ]
md5sum              [+ C  ]
mpeg4               [+ C  ]
nvidia              [+ C  ]
offensive           [+    ]
truetype            [+ CD ]

We can also use euse to set or unset use flags. The commands used for this are euse -E flagname (enable a flag) and euse -D flagname (disable a flag).

Do not use the euse -E or euse -D commands by themselves (without a flag). It will set/unset ALL USE flags in /etc/portage/make.conf. Although a backup is kept at /etc/portage/make.conf.euse_backup, please be careful while using euse -E or euse -D.

Enabling a USE Flag:

root #euse -E 3dfx
/etc/portage/make.conf was modified, a backup copy has been placed at /etc/portage/make.conf.euse_backup

The /etc/portage/make.conf file looks like so after the command was ran:

Filemake.confAfter enabling the 3dfx USE flag

USE="alsa acpi apache2 -arts cups cdr crypt cscope -doc fbcon \
     firefox gd gif gimpprint gnome gpm gstreamer gtkhtml imlib \
     innodb -java javascript jpeg libg++ libwww mad mbox md5sum \
     mikmod mmx motif mpeg mpeg4 mysql ncurses nvidia \
     ogg odbc offensive opengl pam pdflib perl png python \
     quicktime readline sdl spell sse ssl svga tcltk tiff truetype usb \
     vanilla X xosd xv xvid x86 zlib 3dfx"

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Disabling the USE Flag:

root #euse -D 3dfx
/etc/portage/make.conf was modified, a backup copy has been placed at /etc/portage/make.conf.euse_backup

Again, the /etc/portage/make.conf file after the command:

Filemake.confAfter disabling the 3dfx USE flag

USE="alsa acpi apache2 -arts cups cdr crypt cscope -doc fbcon \
     firefox gd gif gimpprint gnome gpm gstreamer gtkhtml imlib \
     innodb -java javascript jpeg libg++ libwww mad mbox md5sum \
     mikmod mmx motif mpeg mpeg4 mysql ncurses nvidia \
     ogg odbc offensive opengl pam pdflib perl png python \
     quicktime readline sdl spell sse ssl svga tcltk tiff truetype usb \
     vanilla X xosd xv xvid x86 zlib -3dfx"

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euse does not physically remove the flag from make.conf. It just adds a - (minus) before the flag to unset it. You may have to manually clean up your make.conf to avoid unwanted variables. Otherwise you can use the -P (purge) option, as in euse -P 3dfx.

Other tools


This tool is Gentoo's Reverse Dependency rebuilder. It will scan your installed ebuilds to find packages that have become broken as a result of an upgrade of a package they depend on. It can emerge those packages for you but it can also happen that a given package does not work any more with the currently installed dependencies, in which case you should upgrade the broken package to a more recent version. revdep-rebuild will pass flags to emerge which lets you use the --pretend flag to see what is going to be emerged again before you go any further.

root #revdep-rebuild -p
 * Configuring search environment for revdep-rebuild
 * Checking reverse dependencies
 * Packages containing binaries and libraries broken by a package update
 * will be emerged.
 * Collecting system binaries and libraries
 * Generated new 1_files.rr
 * Collecting complete LD_LIBRARY_PATH
 * Generated new 2_ldpath.rr
 * Checking dynamic linking consistency
[ 48% ]  *   broken /usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10/ (requires /usr/lib/
[ 64% ]  *   broken /usr/lib/ (requires /usr/lib/
[ 67% ]  *   broken /usr/lib/ (requires /usr/lib/
[ 85% ]  *   broken /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/gdkgl/ (requires /usr/lib/
 *   broken /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/gtkgl/ (requires /usr/lib/
[ 97% ]  *   broken /usr/qt/3/lib/ (requires -lpng)
[ 100% ]
 * Generated new 3_broken.rr
 * Assigning files to packages
 *   /usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10/ -> media-plugins/gst-plugins-taglib
 *   /usr/lib/ -> x11-libs/gtkglext
 *   /usr/lib/ -> x11-libs/gtkglext
 *   /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/gdkgl/ -> dev-python/pygtkglext
 *   /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/gtkgl/ -> dev-python/pygtkglext
 *   /usr/qt/3/lib/ -> x11-libs/qt
 * Generated new 4_raw.rr and 4_owners.rr
 * Cleaning list of packages to rebuild
 * Generated new 4_pkgs.rr
 * Assigning packages to ebuilds
 * Generated new 4_ebuilds.rr
 * Evaluating package order
 * Generated new 5_order.rr
 * All prepared. Starting rebuild
emerge --oneshot --pretend  dev-python/pygtkglext:0
These are the packages that would be merged, in order:
Calculating dependencies... done!
[ebuild   R   ] media-plugins/gst-plugins-taglib-0.10.17
[ebuild   R   ] x11-libs/gtkglext-1.2.0
[ebuild   R   ] x11-libs/qt-3.3.8b-r2
[ebuild   R   ] dev-python/pygtkglext-1.1.0
 * Now you can remove -p (or --pretend) from arguments and re-run revdep-rebuild.

If you need to rebuild some packages, you may run revdep-rebuild without the -p flag and the listed packages will be emerged again.


glsa-check is mainly a test tool that keeps track of the various GLSA's (Gentoo Linux Security Advisory) and will eventually be integrated into emerge and equery.


eread is a simple utility to display elog files produced by >=portage-2.1. You can set the saving of elog files by setting a couple of variables in /etc/portage/make.conf:

Filemake.confEnabling elog


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This is just one way of saving elog messages. For more information on how Portage's elog system works, please refer to the appropriate page in the Portage Handbook.

Once you've set up elog to your satisfaction, just run eread to view your log files.

user $eread
This is a list of portage log items. Choose a number to view that file or type
q to quit.
1) app-portage:gentoolkit-0.2.4_pre2:20070320-000256.log
2) app-portage:gentoolkit-0.2.4_pre2:20070320-000258.log
3) app-portage:gentoolkit-0.2.4_pre2:20070320-000319.log
4) app-portage:gentoolkit-0.2.3:20070320-000408.log

Select a number and the file will be displayed using the paging program specified in the PAGER environment variable. If PAGER is not set, it will use less. The PAGER environmental variable can be set using eselect (module pager).

After displaying the elog item, you will be prompted if you want to delete the file.


eclean is a tool to remove old source files and old binary packages from your system.

When you build and install packages, the source files are downloaded and preserved in DISTDIR, usually /usr/portage/distfiles. This can accumulate several gigabytes of material over time if you don't clean it periodically. You can run eclean-dist to clean only source files from DISTDIR.

You can create archives of installed packages by using quickpg or FEATURES="buildpkg". These archived packages are kept in PKGDIR, usually /usr/portage/packages. When you no longer need to keep them around, or if they're too old, you can run eclean-pkg to remove them from PKGDIR. It's a good way to ensure that any binary packages you have are only the latest versions.

For more information on eclean and tips on maintaining a cruft-free system, please read man eclean or check the eclean article.


We would like to thank the following authors and editors for their contributions to this guide:

  • Matt Butcher
  • John P. Davis
  • Erwin
  • Shyam Mani
  • Xavier Neys
  • Karl Trygve
  • José Luis Rivero
  • Joshua Saddler
  • Douglas Anderson

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