Well, it’s finally done, or at least a state where I can release it to the world.  I’ve written a clone of the original website, with the same postgres + portage backend that GPNL uses, and it’s now available online here:

I’ve been working on this thing non-stop for the past two weeks at least, and I’m really excited to have it done and up and running.  I loved the original design and site, and used it quite a lot.  It’s a great resource to just randomly find packages that are in the tree if you ever browse it, and find new stuff to try out.  Plus, it’s a great way to search the portage tree as well!

The search is one thing I’m pretty excited about.  Just like eix, it will accept regular expressions as input.  So if you want to search for an exact package name, try ^portage$  If you want to search on more than one word, seperate them with pipes: foo|bar  There’s lost of stuff you can do, so have fun. :)  I’ll have an advanced search sooner or later.

Speaking of feature requests, I have also setup a Trac project page for the backend, where you can see which bugs I’m going to be working on.  You’ll notice that getting some Atom and RSS feeds is on that list.  I’m sure people are going to want that.

Also, one small drawback, is that it only updates once a day right now.  The only reason for that is because my server is just a small little Athlon, and while it could handle the load of updating more regularly, I don’t want to put too much of a strain on an already overworked little system.  I’m going to look into ways of optimizing things so that I can get updates out the door more frequently, but for now, it’s going to have to wait.

As always, feedback, comments and suggestions are more than welcome.  Please let me know if you find any bugs, too.   Enjoy. :D

14 thoughts on “

  1. Great to see this back up in some form! I too regularly used the old packages site and have missed being able to use it. Thanks!

  2. I keep missing the stuff i see on, which are the use flags for a package, use flag descriptions, deps, and reverse deps. Those things, how silly it may be, keep me ignoring I’d loooooove to see those on the main in the future.

  3. Awesome! And another yay from me for the comeback of the tooltips! Simply gotta love it! :) I wonder if you could do the same for the bugzilla links, show the “Summary” in a little tooltip. Also links to sources.g.o would be great but I’m sure you’re already working on that anyways. :) Great!

  4. Wow, that’s like finding an old friend :)

    I’ve got one question, it’s a faithful reproduction so it’s not a bug, but am I the only person who has a real problem reading the category list when it’s ordered horizontally like that? My eyes just want to scan down the columns like in a book index.

    The current live has this ordering as well, I know it’s easier to do it that way technically.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s