Provide pretty output for emerge
Clone or download
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.


This program is used to perform the emerge in Gentoo Linux with pretty output. Link to Google code page and Gentoo Forums page

The help:

  • Usage: quietemerge [<options>]

  • Options:

    -h | --help     Show this help text

    All other options are passed directly to emerge. If no arguments are provided to quietemerge, then this help text is shown.

  • If any arguments that are unsupported by this script is detected then the script will execute emerge directly, bypassing all the setup in the rest of the script. A few examples of such unsupported arguments are: --changelog, --depclean, --search, --sync, --unmerge, etc. See the function has_unsupported_arg of quietemerge for examples of more unsupported arguments.

  • Examples on how to call this script:

    quietemerge -1 glibc vim
    quietemerge --resume
    quietemerge -auDvN --jobs=3 --load-average=4 --keep-going world
  • You can set the environment variable _ETA_ALL=1 to get the estimated time of emerge for each individual package. On running as root, you can simply set ETA_ALL=1 in the config file.

    Note: This script creates a config file /root/.config/quietemerge.config only when run as root.

  • In order to temporarily override the settings present in the config file, prepend the variable with an underscore _ and provide it as an environment variable. An example where I want to override the config file setting temporarily, and/or provide a temporary setting:

    _DELAY=2 _MOUNT_TMPFS=1 quietemerge -a eselect

Config variables:

  • DELAY: Delay after which genlop will be called (in a loop). Default 5 seconds.

  • MOUNT_TMPFS: Should we mount tmpfs on to /var/tmp/portage? This should be used only if you have enough RAM. Default 0 (no).

  • TMPFS_SIZE: Amount of RAM that will be mounted on to /var/tmp/portage if MOUNT_TMPFS is 1. Default 50%.

  • TXT_UPDATER: The console based program that is used to update /etc,/usr config files. Default empty.

  • GUI_UPDATER: The graphical program that is used to update /etc,/usr config files. Default TXT_UPDATER.

  • SHOW_MERGE_TIME: Whether we should display the latest merge time instead of "Done!" after a package has been emerged. Default is 0 (no).

  • PRE_CMD: A command which will be run just before the actual emerge is started. If the MOUNT_TMPFS option is enabled, then it is run just after the tmpfs is mounted. Default empty.

  • POST_CMD: A command which is run just before the tmpfs is unmounted and after any cleanups performed by the script itself is done. This post-command will be run even if the script is killed by pressing for example Ctrl-C. Default empty.

  • ETA_ALL: f you want to show the estimated emerge time for all the individual packages, before the actual emerge (i.e. during the "Pretended emerge" stage), then set ETA_ALL to 1. Default 0.

More information about PRE_CMD and POST_CMD:

The commands in PRE_CMD and POST_CMD can be one line bash commands or can be a path name to another script or binary. Multiple bash commands can be provided if you write them enclosed in the { } construct.


  • PRE_CMD='{ mount /usr/portage/distfiles; echo distfiles mounted; }'
  • POST_CMD='{ umount /usr/portage/distfiles; echo distfiles unmounted; }'
  • PRE_CMD='/usr/local/bin/my_custom_pre_command'
  • POST_CMD='/usr/local/bin/my_custom_post_command'

Since the commands in PRE_CMD and POST_CMD are run from inside quietemerge, they have access to all the variables in quietemerge! You can do interesting things if you make use of the information in the internal variables of quietemerge.

For example, POST_CMD will have access to the exit_status array variable. $exit_status (or ${exit_status[0]}) contains the number of packages that have failed and ${exit_status[1]} contains the number of packages that were skipped during emerge. Packages might be skipped if --keep-going is used and some package failed to emerge. So, something like the following can be used if you want to run a custom command only if the emerge process has succeeded:

    POST_CMD='if [[ $exit_status -eq 0 ]]; then my_custom_post_command; else echo some packages failed; fi'

Note that it is enclosed in single quotes so that $exit_status doesn't get evaluated. Otherwise you will get an error. $exit_status will get evaluated later when the POST_CMD is actually run.

An alternative would be write this into a script and make POST_CMD point to that script. Then you can do more elaborate things. All the important variables in the script are commented so that you know which variable is doing what.