On Wed, 17 Aug 2005, Grobian wrote:
> Kito wrote:
> > Now, as far as portage having knowledge about what software is
> > installed...if it lived in its own prefix, that wouldn't be an issue,
> > as all package dependencies would be handled and installed by portage,
> > avoiding linking against OS X system libs as much as possible. This
> > would make it possible for instance to have /gentoo on say an external
> > drive that could be mounted and used on virtually any Mac OSX system,
> > regardless of system updates, etc.
> > That being said, I feel like the name for such a tool shouldn't be
> > called 'Gentoo for OS X', as thats a very misleading name which seems
> > to cause a lot of confusion amongst users and developers alike. A much
> > more apt title IMHO would be 'Portage for Mac OS X', and leave the
> > title 'Gentoo for Mac OS X' for the profiles that actually manage
> > system files.
> Amen! Couldn't agree more.
If you will humour me, what's the difference? Apart from prefix, what
distinguishes profiles that manage the host OS and profiles that don't?
(Given that a profile can change just about every aspect of portage's
The reason I ask is this: greedily, I want Kito's /gentoo on an external
drive, and I also want to chroot into it sometimes .
The implication being, 'Portage for Mac OS X' would have to be equivalent
to 'Gentoo for Mac OS X'.
This idea extrapolates from the original pathspec, which described a
self-similar directory structure. (I guess the idea was that the ebuilds
shouldn't have to care.)
Anyway, as someone who doesn't cut any code for this project, I think I
should stop making outrageous demands now ;-)
 This can be done (I learned this trick from Ryan Oliver's Pure LFS
technique). You install everything prefixed /Volumes/Gentoo, then
ln -s ../.. /Volumes/Gentoo/Volumes/Gentoo
Outside the chroot, /etc/make.profile defines the prefix as
/Volumes/Gentoo, whilst inside the chroot, /etc/make.profile uses the same
prefix. The chroot profile may need to be different, if portage is
expecting Mac OS X here... hence my initial question, "What's the
I'm assuming that any required OS X libraries have been copied to the
Gentoo volume first, and the psuedo filesystems mounted (as with any
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