Ufed

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ufed is an ncurses-based USE flag editor designed to simplify configuration of a system's USE flags.

Installation

USE flags

There are currently no available USE flags for app-portage/ufed itself. The irony!

Emerge

root #emerge --ask app-portage/ufed

Usage

Screenshot of app-portage/ufed-0.92

Start the program from a command-line with the ufed command. It may take a few seconds for the program to open; do not be alarmed if it seems like nothing is happening, just wait a little longer.

root #ufed
Note
Since ufed has the ability to modify important system files, it can only be started using the equivalent of root privileges. Normal users can use sudo if it is installed on the system, otherwise access to the root account is needed.

Navigation

Hot keys include:

Key Description
, or Page Up Page Down, or Home End Move between flags.
Scroll though the USE flag descriptions. This is helpful if the description text is concatenated by the screen or terminal resolution.
Space Toggles the flag on or off.
/, or start typing the flag name Searches the listed flags.
? Displays the in-program help screen.
F5 Toggles the display of local, global, or all flag descriptions.
F6 Toggles display of flags supported by at least one installed package, supported by no installed package, or all flags.
F7 Toggles display of masked and forced flags, flags that are neither masked nor forced, or all flags.
F10 Changes the description to show full or reduced descriptions.
F11 Changes the display to wrap long lines into multiple lines.
Esc Cancels changes.
Ctrl+C, or Q+Y Closes (exits) the program.

See also

  • /etc/portage/make.conf — the main configuration file used to customize the Portage environment on a global level., contains a space-delimited list of directories where Portage will not blindly copy over new versions of files, a variable that defines entries to be appended to the emerge command line.
  • Portage — the official package manager and distribution system for Gentoo.

External resources

  • ufed's man page locally (man ufed).