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How can I get list of specific package's use flags?

So, there are at least 2 ways to do that:

  • emerge -pv $PACKAGENAME

  • equery uses $PACKAGENAME

But these commands returns to many noisy information. All I want is simple list like


without any words about are they set or not or anything else.

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Here is my approach (for portage, for example):

#> grep --perl-regexp --only-matching "(?<=IUSE=\").*(?=\")" `equery which portage`
build doc epydoc +ipc linguas_pl pypy2_0 python2 python3 selinux xattr
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If you pipe the output of equery uses it will strip any "noise" to keep only the USE flags and a + or a - whether it is enabled or not.

Here is your command:

$ equery u $PKGNAME | cut -c 2-

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Funtoo here -- a working example: equery u virtualbox-bin | cut -c 1- – Nikos Alexandris Jul 11 '13 at 21:26

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