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Find ebuild by filename

The Portage File List (PFL) is a project that does some useful reverse-engineering in portage. Sometimes you want to install a specific system utility (e.g. iwconfig, host) or library and just can't figure out which ebuild to install. This is when the PFL comes in handy.

It collects portage database from Gentoo users and stores them in its database. Users can query the DB online to find the right ebuild given a filename. Unfortunately the project is not widely known. Probably due to the fact that it doesn't have a front page that explains what it is.

NB: You don't need the PFL if you just want to figure out which ebuild has installed a specific file on your system. The command equery can figure that out from your local portage database: equery b /usr/bin/iwconfig

posted on 2009-10-16 18:51 UTC in Code | 0 comments | permalink