Gentoo Archives: gentoo-user

From: Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] usb webcam
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 08:26:25
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-user] usb webcam by RYAN vAN GINNEKEN
1 On Saturday 18 October 2008 01:43:58 RYAN vAN GINNEKEN wrote:
2 > As stated in my first post of this thread i have added these the the
3 > /etc/portage/package.umask
4 >
5 > ooops there it is named the file umask instead of unmask hehehe typo now
6 > things are trying to build but i get this error
7 >
8 > ANYWHO SHOULD I EVEN BE USING THESE dangerous looking packages ?? are there
9 > some usb camera drivers that are stable that i could try please help!!!
11 The usual answer is "try them and see what happens"
13 Devs usually hard-mask packages for the following reasons (sort of in order of
14 decreasing frequency)
16 - the package will not build (stupid code)
17 - the package depends on something else that is not in portage
18 - the package is horribly buggy but seems to work sometimes
19 - the package wreaks half of the other packages on your machine
20 - the package is a developer testing version and you're not supposed to use it
21 - the package breaks your hardware
23 the last one is extremely rare. So try those packages by all means, and note
24 what happens at each step. If they really are unusable and you know your way
25 around, it's not that hard to remove them. Irritating and time-consuming yes,
26 but hard and dangerous no
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31 alan dot mckinnon at gmail dot com