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My Gentoo ebuild repository, containing Wayland safe builds of my most used packages that are not present in official Gentoo or guru repo.

This page was published on , and last updated on .


This is my gentoo ebuild repository (overlay) containing some wayland-safe builds. The packages are tested only on AMD64, and no other architectures.

I update this repo biweekly unless there are some drastic changes required or I'm too busy with work.

The packages in this overlay cannot be found in the official Gentoo or Guru package repositories or has ebuilds with hard dependency on X11, the packages might not be stable and should be used at your own risk.

Behind the name

Cowaybuilds is pronounced as Co-Way-Builds, stands for Coding Otaku Wayland (safe) Builds.


To use this overlay, first read and understand the Gentoo documentation on , then either fork the repo to use for yourself, or you can trust me and add the repo directly as an overlay by doing the following.

Manual way

Create a new file /etc/portage/repos.conf/cowaybuilds.conf with the following contents.

location = /var/db/repos/cowaybuilds
sync-type = git
sync-uri =
priority = 100

Sync the repository with emaint sync -r cowaybuilds

Eselect way

On a terminal as root user, run eselect repository add cowaybuilds git

And then sync the repository with emaint sync -r cowaybuilds.


The repository contains the following packages


The following packages are experimentel patchs to build without X11 dependencies, and might break some packages.

  • virtual/opengl
  • media-libs/glew

When using this repository, you will need to ensure that adding the experimental packages will not break any existing packages (mostly games/graphics programs).


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