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Getting started with emerge

Emerge is the front-end for funtoo's portage package manager. With emerge its easy to install, update or remove packages.

Update package database

Sync local package database.

# emerge --sync

Search packages

Search packages by name.

# emerge -s firefox
# emerge --search firefox

Search packages by description.

# emerge -S web browser
# emerge --searchdesc web browser

Install packages

Install package.

# emerge firefox

Install multiple packages.

# emerge firefox thunderbird

Install package. Ask for confirmation before performing any changes. Show verbose output.

# emerge -av firefox

Remove packages

Remove package.

# emerge -C firefox
# emerge --unmerge firefox

Remove package. Ask for confirmation before performing any changes.

# emerge -aC firefox

Remove orphaned packages. Ask for confirmation before performing any changes.

# emerge -a --depclean

Update packages

Update all packages.

# emerge -uDN @world

Update all packages. Ask for confirmation before performing any changes. Show verbose output.

# emerge -uavDN @world

Emerge options

Updates the portage tree that is located in /usr/portage by default.
--search -s
Searches for matches of the supplied string in the portage tree.
--searchdesc -S
Matches the search string against the description field as well as the package name.
--ask -a
Ask for confirmation before performing any changes.
--pretend -p
Instead of actually performing the merge, simply display what *would* have been installed if --pretend weren't used.
--unmerge -C
Removes all matching packages.
--update -u
Updates packages to the best version available, which may not always be the highest version number due to masking for testing and development.
--deep [DEPTH] -D
force emerge to consider the entire dependency tree of packages, instead of checking only the immediate dependencies of the packages.
--newuse -N
Tells emerge to include installed packages where USE flags have changed since compilation.
--depclean -c
Remove orphaned packages. Cleans the system by removing packages that are not associated with explicitly merged packages.
Automatically write package.use settings as necessary to satisfy dependencies.
--resume -r
Resumes the most recent merge list that has been aborted due to an error.
--jobs[=JOBS] -j [JOBS]
Specifies the number of packages to build simultaneously.
--load-average [LOAD]
Specifies that no new builds should be started if there are other builds running and the load average is at least LOAD (a floating-point number).


Emerge can be configured with /etc/portage/make.conf

CFLAGS="-march=native -O2 -pipe"
CXXFLAGS="-march=native -O2 -pipe"

EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS="--jobs 2 --load-average 2"
INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics"
VIDEO_CARDS="intel i965"
LINGUAS="en en_US en_GB"

USE="mmx mmxext sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 threads alsa X gtk xcb dri opengl vaapi udev \
     svg x264 xvid gstreamer webm vpx icu bash-completion vim-pager \
     -gnome -xscreensaver -cups -fortran -deprecated -iptables -ipv6 -geoloc \
     -mta -sendmail -kmod -tiff -live -quicktime -real -gpm -themes"

Per-package use flags can be configured with /etc/portage/package.use

x11-wm/dwm savedconfig
media-sound/ncmpcpp visualizer clock taglib

If you want to install package that has not been tested on your architecture you need to edit /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords

=app-misc/screenfetch-9999 **

Further info

For further info see emerge man page.

$ man emerge