Previous to this I used Debian for years. All was ok until one day I
decided there was too much crap on my system from trying different
software. So I started to reinstall and the mirrors where down and sad
as it seems I cannot go more than a day without my wkstn. I need it for
personal and work. So I looked into Gentoo, which appeared
to-good-to-be-true. So I jumped in quickly before reading any details.
All I wanted was to get it up-and-running. I can learn the rest as I
go. I am familiar with apt-get and WRONGLY assumed portage would
function along similar lines. It is far more advanced and I WILL study
it more. Sorry for the redundant questions.
On Mon, 2005-12-12 at 05:24 -0700, Duncan wrote:
> Gavin Seddon posted <1134386969.11073.6.camel@linuxstation
> below, on Mon, 12 Dec 2005 11:29:29 +0000:
> > I had found this
> > http://users.dslextreme.com/~craig.lawson/linux_notes/gentoo_portage.html#Locating_and_installing_specific
> > A better question would have been,
> > 'how do I find the full package name for 'emerge ='?
> do an emerge --pretend, and get the category off of that?
> BTW, while the emerge =pkg-name-version-release thing works, it's only a
> rough hack, not suitable for anything more than temporary use, because the
> moment you try to run an emerge --update --deep world (or without the
> deep, if it's something in your world file), it'll want to replace your
> very carefully selected version with the latest version matching your
> keyword (~amd64 or amd64).
> Adding the appropriate packages to either package.mask/package.unmask, as
> desired, or if you simply want to toggle between ~arch and stable, adding
> the package (without version) and desired keyword to package.keyword,
> avoids the problem of having portage continually want to remerge a
> different version than what you want.
> Again, read the handbook, particularly the Working with Gentoo and Working
> with Portage sections (you can skip some of the developer stuff if you
> want). Too many folks read /only/ the install portion, and then
> wonder why "Working with Gentoo" and "Working with Portage" are so hard
> for them! (I actually read those sections at least twice, once when I was
> still researching whether I wanted to switch to Gentoo and what it would
> entail, so I had a decent grasp of how managing it was going to be
> different than managing my then Mandrake system, even if I didn't
> understand everything I was reading because I couldn't actually try it,
> then again, once I actually had Gentoo up and running, and could actually
> try things on a running system to see how they worked.)
> Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs.
> "Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
> and if you use the program, he is your master." Richard Stallman in
Dr Gavin Seddon
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester
M13 9PL, U.K.
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