Gentoo Archives: gentoo-amd64

From: Steffen Jobbagy-Felso <steffen@××××××××××××××××××.uk>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-amd64] problem after emerge --update world
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 15:49:19
In Reply to: [gentoo-amd64] problem after emerge --update world by Mark
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This may sound harsh, but don't use automerge. Portage/etc-update cannot
possibly know about every config change you (or the ebuilds) can make. I assume
etc-update (rightly) doesn't even attempt this and merges based on string
analysis without thought as to what the settings actually mean, leading to breakage.

If you never touched a file it's probably save to just overwrite the existing
one. You always have the backup in case it wasn't save ;)
That's how I do it anyways.

On a different if related topic, I'd recommend running
emerge -DuapvN world
instead of emerge --update world (aka emerge -u world)
That stands for:
- --deep (update dependencies as well and not just packages you explicitly
- --update
- --ask
- --verbose (shows USE flags and download size)
- --newuse (recompiles packages whose USE flags changed, shown by a * next to the
flag in the output of av)


Mark wrote:
> I'm having a problem after I did emerge --update world last night. > After it finished, it said 75 files in /etc needed updating. OK, I've > seen this before and have made mistakes with it. So this time, I > copied all of /etc to /home/mark/etc.old, and then ran etc-update. I > then let it auto merge everything and rebooted.
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