qpkg -i gcc
takes forever where my harddisk is working like crazy.. the same does typing qpkg without any arguments. However typing:
qpkg -i -l gcc
Terminates with the info and the file list right away. So to see info for a package you need the -l option cause otherwise it takes minutes (or longer; I never let it complete) to get the _same information_, only a bit less, than with the -i -l options. That seems weird to me.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Type qpkg -i gcc ...wait a very long time.
2. Type qpkg -i -l gcc ...wait a very short time.
The --list option only works for installed packages, so it implies --installed (-I). --info alone also works for uninstalled packages so it has to search the whole portage tree instead of only searching the database of installed packages.
So to "solve" your problem use the --installed option or narrow the search by specifying the category.