The b(ack)log

Installing NekoVM and haXe on Gentoo

Installing NekoVM and haXe on gentoo is done best by using the ebuilds provided by Daniel Turing.

To install the overlay, you need Layman and Subversion. Have a look at Gentoo Overlays: Users’ Guide to set up layman if you haven’t done so already and make sure you have emerged subversion.

Manually download the text file layman-haxe.txt using your browser or wget:

$ wget

Open up the text file with your favourite editor and replace the line




alternativeliy use

$ mv layman-haxe.txt layman-haxe.backup
$ sed ‘s#src=”http://#src=”http://svn.#g’ layman-haxe.backup > layman-haxe.txt

now check out the overlay using

$ layman -o file:///path/to/file/layman-haxe.txt -f
$ layman -o file:///path/to/file/layman-haxe.txt -a haxe

You can now install the neko, haxe and swfmill that’s in the overlay using

$emerge neko haxe swfmill

To install the latest version of NekoVM (1.8.0 at the time of this writing), you first have to create a local overlay. Follow the instructions on to do this.

Create the following directories in your local overlay: dev-lang dev-lang/neko dev-lang/neko/files

Copy 50_mod_neko.conf and 50neko from the layman haxe overlay into the dev-lang/neko/files directory. Copy this text into dev-lang/neko/files/neko-1.8.0-gentoo.patch. Copy neko-1.7.1-r1.ebuild from the layman haxe overlay to dev-lang/neko/neko-1.8.0-r1.ebuild.
(update: here is a link for the patch for neko 1.8.1)

Download neko-1.8.0.tar.gz into your distfiles directory. All that’s left to do is to generate the manifest file. Use

$ ebuild neko-1.8.0-r1.ebuild digest

to generate the digest file. You will need to execute this command as a user with privileges to write to the dev-lang/neko directory.

Now you can emerge the latest version of neko!

Update: the haxe and neko ebuild together with the patches can now be found at github