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This may sound harsh, but don't use automerge. Portage/etc-update cannot
possibly know about every config change you (or the ebuilds) can make. I assume
etc-update (rightly) doesn't even attempt this and merges based on string
analysis without thought as to what the settings actually mean, leading to breakage.
If you never touched a file it's probably save to just overwrite the existing
one. You always have the backup in case it wasn't save ;)
That's how I do it anyways.
On a different if related topic, I'd recommend running
emerge -DuapvN world
instead of emerge --update world (aka emerge -u world)
That stands for:
- --deep (update dependencies as well and not just packages you explicitly
- --verbose (shows USE flags and download size)
- --newuse (recompiles packages whose USE flags changed, shown by a * next to the
flag in the output of av)
> I'm having a problem after I did emerge --update world last night.
> After it finished, it said 75 files in /etc needed updating. OK, I've
> seen this before and have made mistakes with it. So this time, I
> copied all of /etc to /home/mark/etc.old, and then ran etc-update. I
> then let it auto merge everything and rebooted.
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