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From: Jason Stubbs <jstubbs@g.o>
Subject: Re: Stage3 better than stage1/2
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 19:58:25 +0900
On Friday 03 December 2004 04:53, Sven Vermeulen wrote:
> Rac pointed me to the following thread:
>   http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=254119
>
> In short, he advises to use stage3 even if you want to perform a stage1 or
> stage2 so that you won't have issues with things like circular dependencies
> (foo depends on bar which depends on foo) and files on your system that
> aren't registered in Portage' DB.

For what it's worth, I fully agree with this. After every release, a few bugs 
come in about broken bootstraps - especially with regards to the perl USE 
flag. Circular dependency handling should be done properly by about the time 
of 2005.1 though.

Possibly more important is the fact that the portage db is stripped for a 
stage1 (and stage2?) tarball. This means that there are many files left 
behind that are never removed. This also has the ability cause bugs, which 
are unfortunately much harder to track down.

Robert's solution is much better, but thus far I've been doing:
tar jxfvp stage3; chroot; ... ; nano -w /etc/make.conf ;
emerge -e system; emerge -e system; emerge depclean

Changing that first "emerge -e system" into bootstrap.sh would save a lot of 
time though. ;)

Regards,
Jason Stubbs

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