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As a replacement for Sunrise, please see the GURU project, which is an ebuild repository entirely maintained by Gentoo community members.
The information in this article is representative of former times and has been archived. It can be used for reference, but is most likely not appropriate for current usage. Generally archived articles should not be edited.

As of June, 2016 this project has been discontinued (see this announcement).

Project Sunrise (also known as the Sunrise Overlay) used to provide a community-maintained overlay of good-quality packages not in the Gentoo ebuild repository. This page serves as a memorial for it.

Alternatives to Sunrise

Sunrise was mostly superseded by the Proxy Maintainers and GURU projects which allow community members to maintain packages directly in either the Gentoo repository or the GURU overlay.

It is also possible to maintain the packages in a private repository. There were a few repositories with the purpose of collecting various 'beta-quality' packages with more or less open access over time. However, none of them reached the status of an official project or really wide audience.

Some of the Gentoo projects also have their own repositories in which they work along with users. For example, this is the workflow used by the Science project (in sci repository).

Resources of the Sunrise project

The Sunrise project repository is kept open for use of users and developers. It still holds a few packages that are not in Gentoo. However, please note that those packages are usually outdated and may not work at all. The ebuilds mostly serve as a base for users who wish to take them over and maintain their own versions.

There is also some left-over documentation. However, note that some of it is outdated and/or describes Sunrise-specific practices and policies that are not uniformly agreed upon by Gentoo developers. The documentation includes:


If you need to query about the Sunrise project, you can either use the old project mail or join the #gentoo-sunrise channel. The following past project members may be available for questioning: