Base environment

The base installation includes a collection of little tools that generally help with application deployment. They will be available on every Flying Circus Gentoo VM.


  • app-text/tree (Lists directories recursively, and produces an indented listing of files)

  • dev-lang/perl (Larry Wall’s Practical Extraction and Report Language)
  • dev-lang/python (An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language)
  • dev-lang/ruby (An object-oriented scripting language)

  • dev-libs/cyrus-sasl (The Cyrus SASL (Simple Authentication and Security Layer))
  • dev-libs/libaio (Asynchronous input/output library that uses the kernels native interface)
  • dev-libs/libedit (BSD replacement for libreadline)
  • dev-libs/openssl (full-strength general purpose cryptography library (including SSL v2/v3 and TLS v1))
  • dev-libs/protobuf (Google’s Protocol Buffers – an efficient method of encoding structured data)

  • mail-client/mailx (The /bin/mail program, which is used to send mail via shell scripts)


All tools can be configured individually with dotfiles in the user’s home directory.