On Thursday 14 February 2008, Lanza Fabrizio wrote:
> I need to manually uninstall a package (without emerge --unmerge).

not supported

> How 
> do I tell emerge that a package is not installed (even if it is)? (I
> basically need to force a reinstall, for a catalyst issue.)

you unmerge it ... if you insist on modifying the backend information, then 

>  Another good question is: how does portage know that a package is
> actually installed?

portage maintains installed package information in /var/db/pkg/

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