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7<section> 7<section>
8<title>Obtaining Package Information</title> 8<title>Obtaining Package Information</title>
9<subsection> 9<subsection>
10<title>The Lord of All Tools: emerge</title> 10<title>The Lord of All Tools: emerge</title>
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14We have briefly encountered <c>emerge</c> in the previous chapter, but not to 14The main Portage tool that most users will use is <c>emerge</c>. We have already
15the extent that you are now able to work with it to its fullest potential. We 15used it during the Gentoo installation and in the previous chapter, but we just
16will fix that right now ;-) 16briefly explained how to use it. This chapter will elaborate on <c>emerge</c>
17and learn you how to use <c>emerge</c> to fix all your software-related needs.
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20<c>emerge</c> is the command used to install, remove, query and maintain 21<c>emerge</c> is the command used to install, remove, query and maintain
21software packages. It is a front-end for <c>ebuild</c>; people interested in 22software packages. It is a front-end for <c>ebuild</c>; people interested in
22becoming Gentoo professionals will learn how to use <c>ebuild</c> later on. For 23becoming Gentoo professionals will learn how to use <c>ebuild</c> later on. For
23now, we will focus on <c>emerge</c> as it has functionality that <c>ebuild</c> 24now, we will focus on <c>emerge</c> as it has functionality that <c>ebuild</c>
24lacks (such as resolving dependencies, searching the Portage tree, etc.). 25lacks (such as resolving dependencies, searching the Portage tree, etc.).
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28Since <c>emerge</c> is the most important tool for Gentoo users, it has an 29Since <c>emerge</c> is the most important tool for Gentoo users, it has an
29extensive manpage you can read by issuing <c>man emerge</c>. You can also view 30extensive manpage you can read by issuing <c>man emerge</c>. You can also view
30the in-command help by running <c>emerge --help</c>. 31the in-command help by running <c>emerge --help</c>.
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