>> Can I mask all packages from a layman overlay except for one?
> Check out Mark Knecht's thread from 5 hours ago asking the same question.
Ouch, sorry. I bet he was doing the exact same thing I'm doing. Darn
poppler, eh Mark! The version number is the same so you can't mask it
out even temporarily.
> Short answer was don't let portage see the overlay, instead symlink
> the packages you want to your local overlay instead, so only they will
> be seen by portage, while still allowing you to sync the overlay as
Based on that info, I just copied it into /usr/local/portage. It's
hal so I don't think there is to much likelihood of an update.