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PKGDIR is the location Portage keeps binary packages. By default the location is set to var/cache/binpkgs.

Previously binary packages were set to ${PORTDIR}/packages, which by default resolved to /usr/portage/packages.

Run man make.conf for more information.

See also

  • DISTDIR — defines the location where Portage will store the downloaded source code archives.
  • Binary package guide — Next to the usual support for source-based ebuilds, Portage also supports building and installing binary packages.