Gentoo's Portage 3.0 Stabilized With Much Faster Dependency Calculations
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 7 September 2020 at 06:46 AM EDT. 30 Comments
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Gentoo's Portage 3.0 package manager has been stabilized and ready to shine.

Portage 3.0 removes Python 2.7 support as a significant change but more pressing to end-users is faster dependency calculations. Portage 3.0 should be 50~60% faster for dependency calculations.

This big speed-up comes by making use of the lru_cache functionality in Python 3.2 and newer. The developer who worked on the support found that emerge now dropped from about five and a half minutes to just over three minutes on his ThinkPad notebook running Gentoo.

More details on the stabilized Portage 3.0 via Gentoo.org.
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