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Here the info you asked for:
> Which permission does that directory have ?
$ ls -l /usr | grep lib
dr-xr-xr-x 38 bin bin 9728 Nov 3 17:49 lib
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root printq 12 Aug 16 2003 lpd -> /usr/lib/lpd
$ ls -l /usr/lib/libiconv.a
-r--r--r-- 1 bin bin 374809 Nov 3 17:44 /usr/lib/libiconv.a
$ ar -x /usr/lib/libiconv.a shr4.o
ar: Permission denied
ar: 0707-113 The fopen system call failed on file shr4.o.
> Which permission does shr4.o have ?
$ ls -la shr4.o
-r--r--r-- 1 mdmcmull staff 111273 Apr 18 16:03 shr4.o
> What is your umask set to ?
> $ strip -e shr4.o
$ strip -e shr4.o
strip: shr4.o -- 0654-400 Cannot open file.
So, doing a "chmod 777 shr4.o", I can then do:
$ strip -e shr4.o
$ echo $?
... Does this help ?
> > [
> > !! ]
> > >>> Completed installing libiconv-1.11 into
> > /home/mdmcmull/.overlay/var/tmp/portage/dev-libs/libiconv-1.11/image/home/mdmcmull/.overlay/
> > ecompressdir: bzip2 -9 home/mdmcmull/.overlay/usr/share/man
> > making executable: home/mdmcmull/.overlay/lib/libcharset.so.1.0.0
> > making executable: home/mdmcmull/.overlay/lib/libiconv.so.2.4.0
> > * QA Notice: Missing gen_usr_ldscript for libcharset.so
> > * QA Notice: Missing gen_usr_ldscript for libiconv.so
> > !!! ERROR: dev-libs/libiconv-1.11 failed.
> > Call stack:
> > misc-functions.sh, line 631: Called install_qa_check
> > misc-functions.sh, line 320: Called die
> > !!! add those ldscripts
> > !!! If you need support, post the topmost build error, and the call
> > stack if relevant.
> > !!! A complete build log is located at
> > '/home/mdmcmull/.overlay/var/tmp/portage/dev-libs/libiconv-1.11/temp/build.log'.
> > !!! install_qa_check failed; exiting.
> That portage-patch seems to be not yet in portage.
> Grobian, is it because it is too much a hack (but keeps diffs small) ?
>  http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.alt/2281
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