Re: [wmii] Gentoo

From: Robert C Corsaro <>
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 19:41:13 -0400

Kris Maglione wrote:
> On Tue, May 05, 2009 at 07:22:32PM -0400, Robert C Corsaro wrote:
>> Does anyone maintain a portage overlay for tip wmii? If not, I could.
>> I could host it on my person host, or you can give me a repo that I can
>> check files into, that can be downloaded via http.
> Not that I know of. How do portage overlays work? I can probably
> give you commit access if it can be done inside of wmii's repo.
> I'd prefer to officially host packages for the major distros
> where possible.
Gentoo uses ebuilds, which are just a layer above make. The ebuild
basically downloads the source, compiles and installs. An overlay is
just a set of ebuilds that aren't in the official gentoo repository.
When you emerge (install) a package, it looks in any overlays you have
first, and then in the official portage tree(set of ebuilds).
There is also a program called layman which manages overlays for users.
It requires a layman-list.xml file somewhere on the web to tell it
where/how to get the overlay(s). I'll create this too. The only
requirement is that the layman-list.xml can be accessed by http url, and
that the overlay can be accessed via tar(http url), rsync, hg, svn, git
or bzr.

I'd love to leave it in your repo, one less headache for me.
Received on Tue May 05 2009 - 23:41:13 UTC

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