Gentoo Games Project
The Gentoo Games Project manages all games that are added into the Portage
tree. We're the guys that put the fun into Gentoo. We also manage a few
utilities that are used heavily in many games, such as the SDL* libraries.
Please note that we don't manage heavily integrated games packages such
as 'gnome-games' or 'kdegames'.
The games project aims to turn Gentoo into the premiere Linux gaming
platform. We strive to have the best compatibility not only for free
games, but also for commercial titles.
||Lead ( Team Lead )
||Member ( everything except games-fps )
||Member ( general games ninja )
||Member ( general games ninja )
||Member ( general games ninja )
All developers can be reached by e-mail using firstname.lastname@example.org.
project maintains the following herds:
||Mr_Bones_, Tupone, radhermit, tristan, vapier
||Gentoo Games Team
Gentoo Games Bugs FAQ
- Which Product/Component should
- What severity should I use for
version bumps or new game requests?
- Why shouldn't I mark a Games
bug as "blocker"?
- How long should I wait before
filing a version bump request?
- Should I attach an ebuild to a
version bump request?
- What information do I need to
post with my bug report?
- What if I am not running on an
- When should I open a new bug
rather than comment on an old one?
- When is it appropriate to ask
when a bug will be resolved/a new ebuild will be added?
- Should I report a bug on an
ebuild that does not have the proper KEYWORDS for my
- This download is too big. Can we
make it download the patches?
Which Product/Component should I pick?
You should always select the "Gentoo Linux" product and the "Games"
component when filing any bug for an ebuild in games-* or
dev-games. This ensures that the bug is immediately
assigned to the Games team, which allows for us to get the bug as
quickly as possible.
What severity should I use for version bumps or new game
Requests for having an ebuild bumped to the latest version or to
have an ebuild for a new game written or added to the portage tree
should always be filed with a severity of "enhancement" since these
are not bugs affecting functionality.
Why shouldn't I mark a Games bug as "blocker"?
This one is not only quite common, but also quite simple to answer.
A bug in a Games ebuild will never cause your system to be
destroyed or otherwise unusable. Games are for entertainment
purposes and as such, immediately get a lower priority than more
important aspects of a Gentoo system, such as the toolchain.
How long should I wait before filing a version bump
We typically follow the development of many of the more popular
games. In many cases, we maintain contact with the authors and are
active in the community. We are generally aware of new events in
the Linux gaming community before the public. A good rule of thumb
is to wait at least 48 hours before posting an enhancement request
for a new game or a version upgrade to an existing game. This
allows the developers time to work bugs which are possibly of
higher priority than the game request. It also allows us to verify
that the game passes at least preliminary quality assurance.
Remember once again that all of us have other functions in Gentoo
which usually take a higher priority.
Should I attach an ebuild to a version bump request?
Usually, no. If simply copying the ebuild to the new name and
creating a new digest works for the upgrade, then please mention
that in the bug. It will save us time from looking at an ebuild
and trying to determine what has changed. If there has been a few
minor changes, then a diff between the two ebuilds using
diff -u old.ebuild new.ebuild is perfect. If there has been
major changes between versions, then an ebuild is appropriate and
What information do I need to post with my bug report?
As in any bug report, you should always post the output
of emerge --info into every bug report that you submit. If
you think there are other pertinent pieces of information that
could possibly help us in tracking down the bug, then be sure to
include that information, too. One example is the opengl
implementation that you are using when filing a bug against an
opengl-based game. Anything you can provide us could possibly be
the one piece of information that we need to accurately and quickly
resolve the bug. This could include information such as your
method of installation in a CD-based install, or the situation in
which the bug occurs.
What if I am not running on an x86 kit?
You should be sure to make note of your using a non-x86
architecture. You should also set the platform to your appropriate
platform. Last, you should add the architecture team alias to the
CC list for the bug. This is the architecture name at gentoo.org,
ex. email@example.com. This ensures that not only the Games
team, but also the developers on the architecture team which your
problem is occurring get all of the information as quickly as
When should I open a new bug rather than comment on an old
You should always open a new bug unless your problem is producing
the exact same error, you have tried the workarounds or fixes in
the ebuild, and your error is occurring on a same-versioned ebuild.
Do not make comments on an already resolved bug if you are seeing a
similar problem in a newer version of a game, as this makes it hard
to track individual problems. You should also never add a comment
about a new version of to an existing bug about the same package.
When is it appropriate to ask when a bug will be resolved/a new
ebuild will be added?
Never. Bugs are worked on by their priority given to them by
the developers themselves. All of the Games team are also
developers in other areas of Gentoo, and Games bugs are
never as critical as a toolchain or release bug. Bugs do
not get forgotten. They will go in eventually. If the bug is for
a new ebuild, we suggest putting the ebuild into a local overlay
and adding yourself to the CC on the bug. Asking when the bug will
be closed is not only selfish, but quite rude to the developers
that volunteer their time to try to make Gentoo better for
everyone. While your bug may be very important to you, we have a
larger view of what we have on our own plates and are better able
to make decisions on how to spend our own precious time to best
Should I report a bug on an ebuild that does not have the
proper KEYWORDS for my architecture?
Not if you want the games developers to like you. We will not
support games that do not have proper KEYWORDS. More than likely,
the game does not work on that architecture, which is why it
doesn't have KEYWORDS. The only exception to this rule is if you
are also providing a patch to fix the game for your architecture.
Patches are always welcome.
This download is too big. Can we make it download the
No. In general, ebuilds are designed to be used as if one is
not upgrading from a previous version. As soon as we start having
people download version $foo and patch $bar, people complain that
there is a $foo-$bar distfile. We can't please both camps, so we
simply do not offer incremental downloads. While this can be a
pain for users on dial-up, it makes things easier on us.
Want to help?
If you want to get involved with improving Gentoo's gaming
experience, we'd like to hear from you! The main thing you'll want
to do is be active on
Gentoo's Bugzilla. A good start is to provide patches or ebuilds to bug
reports that have already been filed by other users. Simply adding new bug
reports is helpful in getting problems resolved in the long term, but does not
help get them resolved in the near term. Also, please join games project
members in #gentoo-games on irc.freenode.net.
There is also a HOWTO
for writing proper games ebuilds. You will definitely want to read
it if you plan on contributing as it is the standard by which games ebuilds are
written. This information is in addition to the standard ebuild policies and