Using BinHosts


The using of binary files is pretty easy and it requires very little from you. There is a great tutorial available here:  Gentoo Binary Package Guide.

Here is a few simplified commands so that you do not have to jump to another page.

The Following are options that are allowed during the emerge.

For local binary packages and ebuilds use: –usepkg (-k)
For local binary packages only: –usepkgonly (-K)
For local and remote binary packages and ebuilds: –getbinpkg (-g)
For local and remote binary packages only: –getbinpkgonly (-G)

So typically in an environment to update from the binary (and not to build locally you would use):

emerge -G –-pretend

If there is a binary file available that fits your use flags you would get a message (in Pink) of what files would be emerged when you remove the –pretend.

On the other hand you want to emerge the files either locally or through the binary then you would use:

emerge -g –pretend

The Binary file would be shown with a [binary] and the locally build files would be without it. Also the following letters signify what kind of package is installed:

[U] = Update
[N] = New package
[R] = Recompiled

Examples for packages are shown below:

[binary U ] dev-libs/libgcrypt-1.5.4-r1 [1.5.4]
[binary N ] app-text/xmlto-0.0.25 USE=”-latex”

[binary R ] app-portage/gentoolkit-