For a long time it bugged me, that eix uses a seperate database which I need to keep up to date. But no longer: With pkgcore as fast as it is today, I set up
pquery to replace eix.
The result is
alias pix='pquery --raw -nv --attr=keywords'
(put the above in your ~/.bashrc)
The output looks like this:
$ pix pkgcore
versions: 0.5.11.6 0.5.11.7
description: pkgcore package manager
keywords: ~alpha ~amd64 ~arm ~hppa ~ia64 ~ppc ~ppc64 ~s390 ~sh ~sparc ~x86
It’s still a bit slower than eix, but it operates directly on the portage tree and my overlays — and I no longer have to use
eix-sync for syncing my overlays, just to make sure eix is updated.
Aside from pquery, pkgcore also offers
pmerge to install packages (almost the same syntax as emerge) and
pmaint for synchronizing and other maintenance stuff.
From my experience,
pmerge is hellishly fast for simple installs like
pmerge kde-misc/pyrad, but it sometimes breaks with world updates. In that case I just fall back on portage. Both are Python, so when you have one, adding the other is very cheap (spacewise).
pmerge has the nice
pmerge @glsa feature: Get Gentoo Linux security updates. Due to it’s almost unreal speed (compared to portage) checking for security updates now doesn’t hurt anymore.
$ time pmerge -p @glsa * Resolving... Nothing to merge. real 0m1.863s user 0m1.463s sys 0m0.100s
It differs from portage in that you call world as set explicitely — either via a command like
pmerge -aus world or via
pmerge -au @world.
pmaint on the other hand is my new overlay and tree synchronizer. Just call
pmaint sync to sync all, or
pmaint sync /usr/portage to sync only the given overlay (in this case the portage tree).
pix as replacement of eix isn’t yet perfect. You might hit some of the following:
pix always shows all packages in the tree and the overlays. The keywords are only valid for the highest version, though. marienz from #pkgcore on irc.freenode.net is working on fixing that.
If you only want to see the packages which you can install right away, just use
pquery -nv. pix is intended to mimik eix as closely as possible, so I don’t have to change my habits ;) If it doesn’t fit your needs, just change the alias.
To search only in your installed packages, you can use
pquery --vdb -nv.
Sometimes pquery might miss something in very broken overlay setups (like my very grown one). In that case, please report the error in the bugtracker or at #pkgcore on irc.freenode.net:
23:27 <marienz> if they're reported on irc they're probably either
fixed pretty quickly or they're forgotten
23:27 <marienz> if they're reported in the tracker they're harder
to forget but it may take longer before they're
I hope my text helps you in changing your Gentoo system further towards the system which fits you best!
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