There are 2 ways to upgrade Gentoo’s profile: whether by using the program eselect, or by manual linking.

Update portege tree

Firstly the portage tree needs to be updated to get the latest profile list by running the following command;

$ sudo emerge --sync


The following example is to update using eselect;

$ sudo eselect profile list
$ sudo eselect profile set <number>

Where number is the number of the favored profile from the list.


To manually update the profile, delete the softlink and create a new link to the intended profile as the following (be sure not to add / at the end of /etc/make.profile)

$ sudo rm /etc/make.profile
$ sudo ln -s /usr/portage/profiles/<profile of choice> /etc/make.profile

Update packages

Optionally, in the end, you might want to upgrade the system using the new profile;

$ sudo emerge --sync
$ sudo emerge --update --newuse --deep world
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