Submitting ebuilds

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This guide explains how to submit ebuilds for inclusion in the Gentoo ebuild repository.

Submitting an ebuild

The review for new packages can take a while because of the need to test the ebuild and go through upstream files and issues.

Pull requests

The preferred way of submitting ebuilds is via Pull Requests on the Gentoo Mirror on GitHub. From there they can be picked up by package maintainers and merged into the main repository.

Do not submit CPAN ebuilds

The app-portage/g-cpan package provides a tool called which installs a given CPAN module on your Gentoo system using Portage, storing the necessary information (such as dependencies, provided files, etc.) in the Portage database, just like it would when you install an ebuild. It is therefore not needed (nor recommended) to submit CPAN ebuilds.

For more information on, please consult its man page: man

Alternate Submission Methods


Create a Bugzilla account

Point your web browser to This is the URL for the Bugzilla bug tracking database. In the list of links, one of the items reads "Open a new Bugzilla account". If you have not done so already (e.g. for submitting a bug), click on this link and create a new account.

Create a new bug

At the bottom of the main page or login page, there is a yellow box. Choose the New - Expert link. Or, you can just go to the URL Either will bring you to the Enter Bug page.

In the Bugzilla system, all entries are bugs. That includes newly submitted ebuilds. Each bug is assigned a tracking id. Take note of the ID, especially if you have other ebuilds that depend on this package.

Bugzilla can track multiple products. For example, in Gentoo, other products may include documentation or tools used to administrate the website. From the list of products, Ebuilds should always be submitted to Gentoo Linux.

Clicking on the Gentoo Linux product should bring up a new bug entry form.

Completing the bug form

The first field on the form is version. If you know which version the package belongs in, set it here. Otherwise, select unspecified. Next, set the component. All ebuild scripts are of the component type New packages or Current packages.

Ebuilds should always be of component type New packages or Current packages. Categories such as GNOME, Libraries, and Server may look like they apply to your ebuild, but they are used for filing bugs against packages, not submitting ebuilds.

The categories Platform, OS, and Priority do not need to be set for ebuilds.

The Severity field should be set to enhancement.

Leave the Assigned To field blank. If you haven't changed Bugzilla's mail settings, you, as a reporter, will automatically receive email on bug updates.

Fill in the Summary field with a brief note of what package you are submitting and whether it's an update or a new submission. Something like the following is great: foo-bar-x.y.z.ebuild (New Package) or foo-x.y.z.ebuild (Update).

The Description field should be filled in as completely as possible. Here's an example from bug #7:


Please find attached gramps-4.2.0.ebuild and a patch so that it will
compile against python-3.2

Gramps is the Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming
System.  It is a very cool gnome/python app.  If you are in the US, you
can head over to and you can probably find a
GEDCOM file for your family tree to import into Gramps. (Mormons sure do like

I suggest app-misc/gramps Also, this ebuild depend on Imaging and Graphviz
previously submitted


Once the summary is complete, click Commit.

Attaching the ebuild script

After clicking submit on the Enter Bug page, you will go to the Posting Bug page. Take note of the bug number.

Toward the bottom of this page, there is a link to Create a new attachment. Click on this link.

Select the file using the text entry box or the Browse dialog. In the Description field, type the name of the ebuild file, much the same as you did in the Summary section of the last page.

Make sure that the content type is set to text/plain, and that the radio button for select from list is marked.

There are no other required fields on this form. Click Submit and you are done!

Multiple ebuilds


In cases where you might submit multiple ebuilds, and some of them depend on others, it is very helpful if these dependencies are noted. Viewing the bug again should allow you to enter another note. Please add dependency information here.

Mailing list patches

See Project:Proxy_Maintainers/User_Guide#Mailing_list_patches

GURU Overlay

GURU is an official Gentoo overlay that is maintained by Gentoo users. Ebuilds submitted here have a less stringent review process.

See also

This page is based on a document formerly found on our main website
The following people contributed to the original document: Matt Butcher
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