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To: Stuart Herbert <stuart@...>
From: Steven Lucy <slucy@...>
Subject: Re: FW: rsync etiquette follow-up
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 13:30:45 -0500
On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 04:56:37PM +0100, Stuart Herbert <stuart@...> said
> I know that I could run an rsync mirror just for internal use - and that
> would help a lot.  Running a distfiles mirror is a lot less practical.  It
> would be much better if there was a way to share '/usr/portage' across
> multiple machines.  You can't do this safely via NFS.  If two machines try
> to download the same distfile at the same time, they interfere with each
> other.  
> [...]
> (As an aside, it'd be great to see
> /usr/portage moved into /var.  One of my few true disappointments with
> Gentoo is having to have /usr mounted read-write a lot of the time)

you can set DISTDIR in /etc/make.conf to point to whatever you want.  mine
points to /var/distfiles.  also, if you shared /usr/portage (and
/var/distfiles, but not /var/db, etc.) via NFS and always emerged new
packages on one machine first (so only it would do the fetching), then
initiated the emerges on the other machine they would find the tarball and
skip right to the unpack/compile stages.  that's what i would do.

Steven

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