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.ebuild File Extension

Developer: Gentoo
File type: Portage eBuild Script File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ebuild. Files with the file extension .ebuild can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ebuild files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ebuild file?

A Portage eBuild script file is saved in the EBUILD format and was developed as an installation file for an associated application created for Linux systems. Classified as a data file, a file in the EBUILD format is appended with the .ebuild extension and can be created using the Portage software developed by Gentoo for Gentoo Linux systems. The Portage application is categorized as package management system software with a set of integrated features for the creation and management of custom Gentoo Linux applications. Installation instructions and compilation source code are entered and stored in an EBUILD file by the developer of a Gentoo Linux application. When an EBUILD file is executed, the data in the EBUILD file is referenced by the Gentoo Linux system to run the installer for the corresponding application. Particularly, the Portage emerge application facilitates the installation of the associated program. Gentoo Linux users can install and use the Portage application to create, open and edit the content of these EBUILD installer files.

how to open a .ebuild file?

Launch a .ebuild file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ebuild file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ebuild files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ebuild file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ebuild file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ebuild file association errors

applications that open a .ebuild file

Gentoo Portage for Linux

Gentoo Portage for Linux

Gentoo is a FreeBSD or Linux-based operating system that can be customized or optimized automatically for almost any application. It is characterized by remarkable performance, high configurability and integrated user and developer community making it a “metadistribution”. With Portage technology, Gentoo develops its potential as a development workstation, gaming system, secure server, professional desktop, embedded solution or other functionalities that you need it to be. It is also a community built around a distribution called the Gentoo project that provides enjoyment to its users through infrastructure such as sites, forums, mailing lists, etc., documentation, quality assurance, release engineering, software porting, hardening, security follow up and more. A 7-member Gentoo council is elected yearly to discuss global issues for the development of the Gentoo project. Portage is the software distribution for Gentoo. To update your Gentoo software, you type this command: emerge --sync. This will command Portage to update your local Portage tree through the Internet. The Portage Tree contains the complete collection of scripts [Portage is written completely in Bash and Python language scripts.] used by Portage to install and create the latest Gentoo packages. Packages often refer to the software made available to you through your Portage tree. The collection of scripts is also referred to as the collection of ebuilds [files that contain all data Portage needs to maintain the software]. When Portage performs an operation for your software, the ebuilds in your Portage tree serve as base. It is important to update your ebuilds regularly. Your Portage tree is usually updated through rsync, an incremental file transfer application.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ebuild files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ebuild. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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