My Unofficial Guide to a Stable System World Update

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Postby wolfden » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:01

to have a current updated system with fixes? isn't that obvious?

I ran into some of that last night with the 3.3 x86_64 DVD, but not as bad as that and got everything to install by simply changing the order of installing things. It's not that hard to figure out. Listening to portage is key.

If you don't want to do it than don't - this was not designed to discourage people, just giving my ordeal with the upgrade.

This is a perfect example for release of 3.3.1 - instead of getting the dvd all over again, can just update thru portage.
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Postby faddat » Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:38

Thanks for the great explanation! I'm working through it now and enjoying the methodical progress I'm making. As others have commented, the world update is something that is really only for "true-nerd" types. I guess I can count as one of them-- the idea that all of my packages are at the highest version possible, compiled for me and ready to go is excellent to me.

I'll try to contribute to this thread based on the successes/failures I encounter in the process.

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Postby maumike » Sat Mar 31, 2007 21:29

I get the same problems davemc did when trying to emerge world. I'm also using the x86 mini. I also tried using package.mask and got the error again.
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Postby wolfden » Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:11

try emerging mplayer first than do the world emerge
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Postby thespongeoflove » Tue Apr 03, 2007 0:42

Thanks for the guide. The world update went very smoothly.

I would not recommend this process to anybody who is not very framilure with either portage or bash. It takes time, patience, and a small amount of trouble shooting.


davemc wrote:Just for giggles, I tried this on my older system that I installed the x86 mini on and this is what I got.

1) zcat..... "cannot find kernel in /usr/src/linux"

2) emerge -e world.....

emerge -e world || until emerge --resume --skipfirst; do emerge --resume --skipfirst; done && emerge -e world || until emerge --resume --skipfirst; do emerge --resume --skipfirst; done
Calculating world dependencies /
!!! Multiple versions within a single package slot have been
!!! pulled into the dependency graph:

('ebuild', '/', 'sys-kernel/linux-headers-2.6.19.2-r2', 'merge') pulled in by
('ebuild', '/', 'media-video/mplayer-1.0_rc2_pre20070321-r4', 'merge')


To solve number 1, emerge gentoo-sources or sabayon-sources. Then re-compile your kernel following the guide found here: http://www.sabayonlinux.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1085

To solve issue number 2 i emerged linux-headers and mplayer by them self. Then i continued with the world update.
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Postby wolfden » Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:11

I just finished doing the x86 mini and only had 3 packages not go thru, but than I converted it to gnome too so KDE is gone. Something different to try I guess.

Gnome 2.18 is nice
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Postby chickpea » Wed Apr 04, 2007 17:32

Awesome guide. Definitely should be a HOWTO on the wiki. Especially for all those angry angies who grumble through their teeth about how you can't update SL without downloading the new iso.

@Wolfden can we now (>=3.3) safely use glsa-check -f ? Of course with our eyes peeled on what portage spits out. That is, any problems will be fixable through revdep-rebuild?
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Postby lxnay » Wed Apr 04, 2007 19:03

even if a little bit late, WELL DONE WOLF :)
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Postby schivmeister » Wed Apr 04, 2007 21:51

i think there should be a note for miniEd users:

To compile the kernel, you need to emerge the sources first. Remember, on a fresh install there are no kernel sources.

davemc's prob no.1 is due to that, one should b able to tell.

btw, those of u who have successfully done it with the mini, how many packages does portage bring up during emerge -e world and final emerge -uvND world? i took a slightly different path when i was on 3.2, and i have yet to try on 3.3 because i've been lazy n not having much time.
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Postby wolfden » Thu Apr 05, 2007 0:55

chickpea wrote:@Wolfden can we now (>=3.3) safely use glsa-check -f ? Of course with our eyes peeled on what portage spits out. That is, any problems will be fixable through revdep-rebuild?


should be able too

btw, those of u who have successfully done it with the mini, how many packages does portage bring up during emerge -e world and final emerge -uvND world? i took a slightly different path when i was on 3.2, and i have yet to try on 3.3 because i've been lazy n not having much time.


I had something like 200+ packages, don't remember, but that was emerging gnome and taking out KDE, so I'm not sure, but expect something like that.
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