A utility that I use quite a lot on a Gentoo system is called eix. This tool allows me to search for packages by name and list all available flags.

The document on the Gentoo Wiki is great and has detailed explanation about it.

In this blog post, I’m just going to write down what I did to get it installed.

I want to set its flag to use qlite.

# echo 'app-portage/eix sqlite' > /etc/portage/package.use/eix

Then proced with the installation:

# emerge --ask app-portage/eix

When it’s done, eix needs to have a databaese created for caching:

# eix-update

Now, I can start search for something, e.g. gentoo-sources:

# eix gentoo-sources