I guess the problem is distutils eclass; is this fixable? (Hopefully, also in stable series)
It rather isn't possible to have working system without Python, so why does it matter whether sys-apps/file depends on Python?
There's this nice thing called ROOT= .
Please do fix it.
pretty sure there is already a bug open about this. at any rate, certainly not something to be fixed in file.
Duplicate of 230634...
Thanks Michael, I guess I was too tired last night!
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 230634 ***