Gentoo Documentation Resources
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Welcome to the Gentoo Documentation Resources. This page will give you a quick
overview on the documentation we provide. Most documentation is released under
the Creative Commons -
Attribution / Share Alike license, an open documentation license. All
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Our documentation is categorized and
hierarchically navigable. If you want a quick overview of all available
documentation without the additional information, please use our Documentation Listing page. We also have a full listing of all our documents with their
Gentoo System Documentation
Portage and Related Documentation
A Portage Introduction:
This chapter explains the "simple" steps a user definitely needs to know to
maintain the software on his system.
Discover the features Portage has, such as support for distributed compiling,
ccache and more.
Working with Portage:
"Working with Portage" provides an in-depth coverage of Portage, Gentoo's
Software Management Tool.
USE flags are a very important aspect of Gentoo. In this chapter, you learn to
work with USE flags and understand how USE flags interact with your system.
Manually fixing broken portage installations:
This document attempts to help people to manually fix a broken sys-apps/portage
Gentoo Overlays: Users' Guide:
This guide helps users understand how to use the Gentoo Overlays service.
With Gentoo you can easily manage the environment variables for your system.
This chapter explains how you do that, and also describes frequently used
Gentoo uses a special initscript format which, amongst other features, allows
dependency-driven decisions and virtual initscripts. This chapter explains all
these aspects and explains how to deal with these scripts.