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From: 320095285153-0001@... (Achim Gottinger)
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev]
Date: Thu Jan 18 15:51:04 2001
Aaron Held wrote:

> Hi all,
>    I just read the IBM DW article about gentoo and I am impressed by the goals of this project.  My first unix on x86 was FreeBSD
> way back when and I remeber the days when I could only get BSDI/ FreeBSD drivers for the sync cards.  Now its the opposite. I miss
> walking up to any FreeBSD box and finding the right /etc/ files the first try.
>
>    I've been working with "Internet Appliances" and in contrast to thier simplified admin push I feel that the Linux/Redhat SysV
> init is getting very complicated.  I just downloaded e-smith (www.e-smith.com) which address this problem with some internesting
> perl scripts that massage the /etc/ files based on user input from a webpage / console and a series of templates.  I though this was
> a good solution at first, but I guess a better solution would be to simplify the init first!
>
>    So basically can someone give me a brief overview as to what you guys mean by "Simplified SysV-style initialization scripts"?

All scripts in /etc/rc.d/init.d contain a line like for example:

#RCUPDATE:2 3 4:99:This line is required

We use a script called rc-update to manage sysv-style symliks to /etc/rc.d[runlevel]

so if you type

rc-update add example

it scans /etc/rc.d/init.d for a script called examples. Then it parses the script for the #RCUPDATE-line.
In the aboufe case it would create these symlinks

/etc/rc.d/rc2.d/99example ../init.d/example
/etc/rc.d/rc3.d/99example ../init.d/example

If you want to remve a script type

rc-update del example

and the links get removed


>
>
>   Also where can I find out more about "Portage"?  Can I rsync the source tree and make world?  What is meant by merging the package
> and why do I have to unmerge afterwards?

We do not install into /. instead we install in a temporary dir first, and then merge this to the live-filesystem or create a package
from that or merge that to another ROOTDIR.

> Should I just install it and read the man pages?

Not realy

>
>
>   Is Java running on rc3?

Yes jdk1.2.2 i think

>
>
>  I have a PII/400 with an AMI RAID card setup as a testing machine. I was going to use it for e-smith, but I'd like to try this
> first.  Are there any RAID issues on install?

Yes I think we have not compiled in support for this adapter neighter in the bootcd kernel nor in the default system
kernel.
I will take care about that on the next iso (rc4_pre2, hopefully available in 1 or 2 days).

Please wait for rc4, there are alot of bugs fixed.

Bye Achim

>
>
> Thanks,
> -Aaron Held
>
> ===================================================================
> As Isaac Newton would say now:
>         If I see further than others, it is because I stand on
>         the shoulders of giants too dumb to patent their discoveries.
>   (Gregory Palast, http://www.observer.co.uk/ )
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