How to check how long it took to install a package in Gentoo

June 2, 2020

With the help of the tool qlop from the collection of utilities called q applets you can check how long it took to install a package in Gentoo. qlop reads from your log $EMERGE_LOG_DIR/emerge.log and extracts relevant information.

# qlop -Ht qtwebengine

2020-02-19T16:58:02 >>> dev-qt/qtwebengine: 2 hours, 14 minutes, 17 seconds
2020-03-31T01:27:45 >>> dev-qt/qtwebengine: 2 hours, 12 minutes, 43 seconds
2020-05-28T10:24:16 >>> dev-qt/qtwebengine: 2 hours, 22 minutes, 6 seconds

The flag -t lists all installations and the flag -H prints the time in a human readable format. If you would like to see the average time it has taken to install a certain package you can do so with the flag -a:

# qlop -Ha qtwebengine

dev-qt/qtwebengine: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 24 seconds average for 19 merges
dev-qt/qtwebengine: 2 seconds average for 1 unmerge

Don’t forget to check out all the available features with the flag --help.


The tool is available in the package app-portage/portage-utils:

# emerge --ask app-portage/portage-utils


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