OSSDL overlay for Gentoo

Author: Mark Kubacki <> et al.

Installation and Usage

To install:

mkdir -p /var/portage/overlays
cd $_
git clone [address-of-overlay] ossdl

nano /etc/portage/make.conf || nano /etc/make.conf

After the next emerge --sync or eix-sync -u the new packages should be available for search.


Some packages are masked in Gentoo's main tree. If you want to unmask only the tested ones of this overlay you can do so by adding to your /etc/portage/package.unmask:



If a package has been "keyworded" by the Gentoo devs and I don't encounter any errors and find it stable/sufficient enough for production use then the keyword is stripped in this overlay (thus marking the package as 'stable'). That tests are limited to the following systems/architectures:

  • Intel — 3rd generation Core/Xeons
  • ARM — Cortex-A15 multicore server

If you want to include an ebuild into this overlay then please fork it, add your ebuild, and finally email me the link. Whenever I write 'me' in this README indeed 'us' is meant. ;-) You can get commit-access to this git repository if you're willing to keep that package up-to-date.

You — and that includes Gentoo developers — are not allowed to strip any Copyright lines. Whenever you add something non-trivial just add your name to any existing list with a matching year, or to a separate line should such list not already exist.

Remove SVN keyword lines such as: # $Header: $ — we're not using Subversion. There is no point in keeping 'changelog'-files because you can always run 'git log' or 'git blame'. Please remove any VI, VIM and similar lines from ebuilds and files. Use tabs for indentation whenever possible.



Gentoo is not about compiling everything, don't waste your time on that. It is about customization. If you want to stick to the standards for 90% of all packages and if you are only interested in changing USE flags for the 10% where it matters - excellent. That is what the binhosts are for.

Find pre-compiled Gentoo packages here:

corei7-avx (64b):

Obviously you will have to point Gentoo's Portage to these overlays. Modify your make.conf as follows:

FEATURES="parallel-fetch getbinpkg"

-- Mark Kubacki, 2012-08-01, 2012-09-29, 2013-08-10