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authorZac Medico <zmedico@gentoo.org>2012-08-05 20:34:55 (GMT)
committerZac Medico <zmedico@gentoo.org>2012-08-05 20:34:55 (GMT)
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parentrepoman: libusb virtual.suspect, bug #417123 (diff)
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man/portage.5: note GLEP 37 virtuals, bug #429978
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.fi
.TP
.BR virtuals
-This controls what packages will provide a virtual by default. For example,
-if a package needs to send e\-mail, it will need virtual/mta. In the absence
-of a package that provides virtual/mta (like qmail, sendmail, postfix, etc...),
-portage will look here to see what package to use. In this case, Gentoo uses
-net\-mail/ssmtp as the default (as defined in the virtuals file) because it's
-the package that does the very bare minimum to send e\-mail.
+The virtuals file controls default preferences for virtuals that
+are defined via the \fBPROVIDE\fR ebuild variable (see
+\fBebuild\fR(5)). Since Gentoo now uses \fBGLEP 37\fR virtuals
+instead of \fBPROVIDE\fR virtuals, the virtuals file is
+irrelevant for all Gentoo ebuilds. However, it is still possible
+for third\-parties to distribute ebuilds that make use of
+\fBPROVIDE\fR.
.I Format:
.nf