Overlay/Local overlay

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Someone handed you an ebuild, and you don't know what to do with it? Fear not, for here be instructions!

Creating a local overlay

You can create a local overlay with a few easy steps.

root # mkdir -p /usr/local/portage/{metadata,profiles}
root # echo 'NameOfYourOverlay' > /usr/local/portage/profiles/repo_name
root # echo 'masters = gentoo' > /usr/local/portage/metadata/layout.conf
root # chown -R portage:portage /usr/local/portage

Next, tell portage about the overlay.

For portage <= 2.2.15:

root #echo 'PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage ${PORTDIR_OVERLAY}"' >> /etc/portage/make.conf

For Portage >= 2.2.17:

FILE /etc/portage/repos.conf/local.conf
location = /usr/local/portage
masters = gentoo
auto-sync = no
"NameOfYourOverlay" is an example and you should change it to something meaningful in all locations.

Adding an ebuild to the overlay

Now that the basic layout is in order, you can add an ebuild to the overlay. In this example, app-dicts/artha-1.0.2 (available at [1]). We will assume the ebuild is in the homedir of the user myuser, and named artha-1.0.2.ebuild.

root # mkdir -p /usr/local/portage/app-dicts/artha
root # cp ~myuser/artha-1.0.2.ebuild /usr/local/portage/app-dicts/artha/artha-1.0.2.ebuild
root # chown -R portage:portage /usr/local/portage
root # pushd /usr/local/portage/app-dicts/artha
root # repoman manifest
root # popd

You should now be able to install the package from your overlay with emerge.

root #emerge -av1 app-dicts/artha