Ebuilds

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http://linux.overshoot.tv/wiki/gentoo_ebuilds

The .ebuild files

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Ebuild

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Basic_guide_to_write_Gentoo_Ebuilds
https://devmanual.gentoo.org/
https://devmanual.gentoo.org/quickstart/
https://devmanual.gentoo.org/ebuild-writing/

The command ebuild

See man ebuild.

The command ebuild is used as a low level interface for Portage and for the emerge command.

Developers can use ebuild command to fine-tune the emerging process, when they are hacking the software they want to emerge.
See:
http://linux.overshoot.tv/wiki/emerge_custom_builds